Miradey is back doing what he does best after spending years either unemployed or working in unsuitable jobs.
When the Cambodian-born migrant joined the atWork Australia Cabramatta office in late 2018, he hoped to find work but was not sure where or if it was still possible for him. At 61, Miradey was qualified in many technical areas, including as a welder and motor vehicle mechanic. But his training had taken place in Canada, where he had first migrated, and was not recognised in Australia. He had also been in a severe car accident that had left him with other heal issues.
On top of all of this, Miradey’s English language skills were still developing, despite being fluent in French, Khmer and Vietnamese.
His atWork Australia Disability Employment Services Job Coach, Carine, is luckily fluent in French and was able to work one-on-one with Miradey to help him develop a plan that was right for him. She worked closely with him over several months to ensure that he found employment that suited his skill set.
After careful research, Carine was able to help secure Miradey a job with a local car repair shop, negotiating some of his duties to ensure the work wouldn’t further harm his health. Miradey assists the mechanics with vehicle repairs, sanding and polishing of auto parts, and general cleaning of the workplace.
The job aligns with his skill set and is conveniently close to home.
“He is very polite, self-motivated and flexible,” said Carine.
“It makes me happy to see him doing so well, and I’m just glad to have been able to help him on his journey to employment.”
Miradey says his experience with atWork Australia had been inspiring.
“I feel like Carine understands me and treats me with respect,” he said.
“The fact that she can speak French was a pleasant surprise, as it made communication much easier for me. I feel very lucky.”