Work Experience and Support Program (WESP)

Applications have now closed.

The program is designed to help ACT residents who are migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds gain office skills and Australian workplace experience. Participants gain confidence to enter the paid workforce and develop important networks within the ACT Public Service.

The program provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Improve their IT, writing, office administration and communication skills.
  • Gain practical job seeking skills.
  • Prepare for entry into the workforce.
  • Gain practical experience in an Australian workplace.
  • Establish a personal network of contacts for future work and training options.

WESP participants are offered four weeks of formal training in office skills and eight weeks of work placement in an ACT Government agency.

This work experience program is voluntary 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 asylum seekers on temporary protection visas or Safe Haven Enterprise Visas.
  • Be a resident of the Australian Capital Territory.
  • Be able to commit to the full time 12 week program.

Priority is given to:

  • Applicants in Australia on a refugee protection or humanitarian visa.
  • Applicants who are 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) 6207 1080 or email communityparticipation@act.gov.au