Western Sydney International Airport (WSI) has welcomed 18 refugees and migrants to learn more about engineering career opportunities at Sydney’s newest airport.
Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport (WSI) has welcomed 18 refugees and migrants to learn more about career opportunities at Sydney’s newest airport.
The new arrivals, aged between 18 and 45, are studying at Navitas Skilled Futures in the Adult Migrant English Program, an English language and settlement program funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs.
The students were selected as they all expressed interest in the employment possibilities offered at WSI.
WSI General Manager of Community Engagement and Social Impact Katy Hannouch said the program was about helping new arrivals to reach their full potential.
“Making the decision to leave your home country is never an easy one – but we want to do everything we can to support these individuals and that starts with helping them to find suitable employment in their chosen field,” Ms Hannouch said.
“Western Sydney is one of the most culturally diverse regions, which provides us with a unique opportunity to assist refugees and migrants to work on Australia’s largest infrastructure project – which just happens to be in their own backyard.
“We are offering employment opportunities in everything from construction to logistics and engineering to help refugees and migrants build their career at WSI through to the airport’s opening in 2026 and beyond.”
Electrical Engineer Arif Naweed recently arrived in Australia from Afghanistan with his wife and three children and hopes to find work at WSI.
“We want to make a future for our children in Australia and that starts here,” Mr Naweed said.
“Working at the airport is a good chance for every person. It would be great to be able to work here while I continue my education, hopefully I can also study a master’s degree.”
IT Engineer Maria fled Iran with her family in June for a better life in Western Sydney.
“We put everything on the line and went out to Australia, fleeing for our own safety,” Maria said.
“I hope to work at the airport and would like to thank people for this opportunity. It’s a chance to find out what work is available and to start a new life.”
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