StGiles program gets more people into disability sector

Twenty-year-old Zodin Bungham. Picture: Paul Scambler
Twenty-year-old Zodin Bungham. Picture: Paul Scambler

Twelve participants of the Pathways to Employment program celebrated their graduation on Tuesday, after another successful collaboration between StGiles and the Launceston Migrant Resource Centre.

The participants were all offered employment at the conclusion of the 13-week program at StGiles that readies them for employment in the disability sector.

Twenty-year-old Zodin Bungham, who identifies as Burmese Matu Chin, said she was “thrilled” when she heard about the program.

She came to Tasmania with her parents at the age of 10 or 11, after being raised in India.

“I was really interested in the program because I always wanted to do something to help others,” Miss Bungham said.

“I come from a small place and in our family helping was one of the things we wanted to do most and since I was young we were taught to help others.”

She said being a part of helping others and getting along with the community was a way to also help herself.

“We are all the same, we all have the same knowledge, but there are some people who need help more than I do,” Miss Bungham  said.

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Graduates, Ujwal Magar, Zinet Mohamed, Hiru Khadka, Sherlou Herra, Khem Soe, Maya Monger , Zodin Bunghma, Rei Foley, Elizabeth Him, Solomon Nshizirungu.

Graduates, Ujwal Magar, Zinet Mohamed, Hiru Khadka, Sherlou Herra, Khem Soe, Maya Monger , Zodin Bunghma, Rei Foley, Elizabeth Him, Solomon Nshizirungu.

StGiles chief executive Ian Wright said he was overwhelmed by the group’s dedication.

“They are a respectful, motivated and driven group of people who demonstrate a genuine interest in working with people living with disability,’’ Mr Wright said.

The Pathways to Employment Program was funded by Skills Tasmania and allowed the MRC and StGiles to develop and present the program focused on work readiness and key core competencies training for work within the disability and broader community services sectors.