Work Experience and Support Program (WESP)

The  program is designed to help Canberrans from culturally and linguistically diverse  backgrounds enter the workforce by providing an opportunity to improve skills  and confidence, as well as develop important networks within the ACT Public  Service.

The  program aims to provide opportunities for participants to:

  • Improve their IT, writing,  office administration and communication skills.
  • Gain practical job seeking  skills.
  • Prepare them for entry into  the workforce.
  • Gain practical experience in  an Australian workplace.
  • Enhance their opportunities to  access and secure sustainable employment.
  • Provide an opportunity to  establish a personal network of contacts for future work and training options.

WESP  participants are offered four weeks of formal office skills training and eight  weeks of practical work experience in an ACT Public Service workplace.

This  work experience program is unpaid and finishes after the eight week work placement,  with no further commitments.

Successful  WESP graduates will receive a nationally recognised Certificate II in Business.
To  be eligible for WESP, applicants MUST:

  • Be migrants with Australian  citizenship OR Permanent Residency.
  • Be a resident of the ACT.
  • Be able to commit to the full  time 12 week program.

Priority  may be given to:

  • Applicants who have come to  Australia on a refugee or humanitarian visa.
  • Applicants who have been  unemployed or not in meaningful employment.
  • Applicants with the confidence  to communicate proficiently in spoken and written English.

For  further information please contact the WESP Coordinator by phone on (02) 6205  3047 or email