Imagine living your life with no education or opportunities for your future. Unfortunately that was the case for 20 year old Khatira Khaksar before she came to Australia.
Originally from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Khatira said girls in her country were illiterate and expected to just stay home and take care of domestics.
“I had no freedom, no money and felt deprived of basic human rights. All I ever wanted was to go to school, but only boys and men were allowed this privilege,” she said.
Getting on a plane for the first time in her life, Khatira sought refuge in Australia so she could take control of her future.
Only six months into a Certificate III in English course, Khatira was able to speak and read well enough to follow her goal of getting a job. Khatira was referred to employment service provider ETC who helped to get her ready for the workforce.
“We placed Khatira into our Sell IT Retail Training Program which helped her to learn the aspects of Retail and then gain enough confidence to undertake a two week work trial with Woolworths. Following this Khatira was offered a position as an official employee which was fantastic,” said ETC Business Relationship Advisor Kelly Patterson.
“It’s been so rewarding to see the difference in Khatira. It’s an incredible feeling – almost like sending your child to school for the first time. For me, that’s why I do my job, to help change people’s lives.”
ETC Employer of the Month winner Woolworths Park Avenue aimed to employ with diversity to help give those with barriers a chance at employment.
Woolworths Frontend Manager Sam Millman said Khatira really impressed their team during her work experience.
“She is a really good worker and picked everything up quite quickly. She showed us that she really wanted to work, was energetic, always smiling, friendly and passionate. That’s what really attracted me to her,” Ms Millman said.
“I will work with her 1-on-1 to give her that extra assistance to help develop her even further.”
Khatira thanked both ETC and Woolworths for their support.
“I still can’t believe I’m free in this country and I feel so blessed I’m here. Through the year’s I have learned to really believe in myself and never give up. Next I would like to learn how to drive, buy a car, buy a house, travel and enjoy my freedom,” Khatira said.
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