Jacobs and AMES Australia join together to assist migrants and refugees
Jacobs has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AMES Australia, a provider of settlement support programs, to work together to assist newly arrived migrants and refugees in Australia.
The MoU outlines an agreement between the two organizations to provide support programs including volunteer mentoring, mock-interview sessions and related employment and career guidance to migrants and refugees, the aim being to help them become economically independent and contribute productively to their new society.
The MoU extends Jacobs’ participation in corporate volunteering programs with AMES Australia’s clients over the past eight years.
Jacobs Environment Engineer George Boyer said his participation in the program as a volunteer has proved to be personally rewarding. “The migrants were seasoned professionals so the learning was never one way; I always took something away from the sessions too,” he said.
AMES Australia CEO Cath Scarth said the relationship with Jacobs had gone far beyond what AMES Australia had originally imagined.
“We are proud to be signing this MoU with a much broader suite of programs,” she said. “Without organizations like Jacobs putting in incredible personal commitment, we wouldn’t have the benefit of refugees and migrants contributing to the Australian community as much as they do.”
Pictured: Jacobs Senior Vice President Patrick Hill with AMES Australia’ CEO Cath Scarth (seated) and Corporate Engagement Program Manager Susy Barry.