CCA’s Western Sydney members have developed deep expertise in meeting the education and training needs of migrant communities, including operating English language teaching programs for many years. According to figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER), 55.8% of not-for-profit Western Sydney community education VET enrolments in 2017 were from people from non-English speaking backgrounds, compared to 35.8% of TAFE enrolments and 49.8% of private for-profit training providers.
Macquarie Community College, St George & Sutherland Community College (SGSCC) and Sydney Community College are among those with many years of migrant service delivery, especially English language teaching through the Government’s Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), English for employment and Skillmax.
SGSCC delivered the AMEP for 13 years, from 1998 to 2011: at the peak of delivery, the College delivered to more than 700 migrants annually. SGSCC’s innovative programs like the SGSCC “English on Tour”, combined classes in English with excursions to places like the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Southern Highlands, the Illawarra and Palm Beach. These enlivened the classroom experience and immersed students into intensive English practice. AMEP off-shoots included the State Emergency Service (SES) auspiced “Volunteer Training for Migrants” and the Skilled Migrant Mentoring Program, which prepared highly trained migrants for the Australian workplace. Partners included the Chinese Australian Services Society (CASS).