Video transcript: Bendigo community supports refugees into working futures

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Hadi Ghorbani Karanji - Employee, Poyser Motors Group

My name is Hadi.

I arrived in Australia 2013.

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I came from Iran with my wife and my son, and I stayed two years in detention.

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I had so many problems to find a job because I had a bridging visa first.

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After I’m just looking around Bendigo to find a job, someone gave me the number from LCMS.

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When I went there they speak with me and tell me some options about study and work.

LCMS tell me about this job.

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I’m working here for around nine months.

Matt Johnson - Holden Service Manager, Poyser Motors Group

Hadi works in my team.

He started off as a detailer.

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Now he’s moved up to an accessory fitter.

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Hadi is supported by LCMS, Access Australia Group and Jobs Victoria.

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From refugee backgrounds we have about five or six employees.

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So far all of them are doing a great job, very positive and also very reliable as well.

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I want to say thank you to LCMS.

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They come in, pay a couple of visits, see how they’re going, make sure everyone’s going ok, make sure we’re looking after them, which we always do.

We pride ourselves in that.

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Really, really, this country is beautiful and beautiful people, very nice people around.

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I’m happy.  I like it. And my family is happy too.

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Any job for a start is good.

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In Iran I am an electrical technician.

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In the future I am going to a TAFE.

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I would like to be a mechanic.

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