Untapped Potential: Unemployment amongst Skilled Migrants and Refugees

Mr Michael Krafft, Division Executive Manager, Economic Participation at Access Community Services will be speaking at the Long Term Unemployment conference on Untapped Potential: Unemployment amongst Skilled Migrants and Refugees

Skilled migrants and refugees in Australia face numerous barriers to gaining employment that is commensurate with their qualifications, skills and experience.

The potential that lies dormant within unemployed skilled migrants is an untapped resource which requires intervention. ABS data reveals that unemployment for skilled migrants is as much as 30% higher than unemployment for the broader population. This paper will examine the key causes of long-term unemployment amongst skilled migrants and refugees.

The key barriers and methods to address these will be explored from a Job Services Australia (JSA) provider perspective. A case study of the Professional Migrant Assistance Mentoring Program (Pro MAP) will inform this paper and demonstrate how targeted programs can assist skilled migrants to gain employment in their chosen field.

About Michael

Michael Krafft is the Executive Manager, Development at Access Community Services. Michael has an extensive and diverse career within the Business, Employment and Vocational training sectors, having worked as a business owner, Industry consultant, Traineeship Development Officer and JSA provider in the not-for-profit sector.

Over the last five years, he has overseen the development of Access’ employment programs division, growing it into a multi-regional program and securing Queensland’s first (and only) CALD specific Job Services Australia (JSA) contract. Michael is the Deputy Chair for Jobs Australia and the Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Ipswich and West Moreton. Culturally and language diverse employment.