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Australia: young refugees receive training in hospitality services through the Scarf employment programme

Since 2013, the teams from the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins and Solidarity Accor have supported the training programme run by the Australian association Scarf. The association assists young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants experiencing disadvantage in finding work through an intensive ten-week hospitality training programme.

The programme has continued to develop its network.

On Monday, 18 May 2015, Rachel Fisher, Sofitel Human Resources Manager, gave Scarf students a tour of the hotel. They were able to see the magnificent facilities, gourmet restaurant and luxurious suites that offer breathtaking views over Melbourne. The hotel, which is very involved in the project, hosts some of the students for their traineeships.




Thelma, one of the association’s participants, was one such student. She worked in the event and conferences department, an area in which she is currently employed. She highlights the role the association played in her career, saying “Scarf gave me the confidence and contacts to get here!” She was invited on the Australian radio station ABC Melbourne to talk about her experience.

You can hear more about Thelma’s experience and Scarf from her interview (from 14’40”).