Cooking up way to get skills, find a job

DO you know someone from a refugee background who is looking for work?

Maybe they would like to be professionally trained to become a baker with The Bread & Butter Project like Lakemba resident Nidal Al Hamadi.
As Australia’s first social enterprise bakery, The Bread & Butter Project has been responsible for placing 100 per cent of its graduates into sustainable employment since launching in 2013 – and the bakery’s next six-month paid traineeship program will start on Tuesday, April 19, with those interested urged to apply.
An actor and musical director in Syria before migrating to Australia, Nidal was perplexed about what work he could do having limited English skills.
The father of three said when he saw the baking traineeship on offer, he jumped at it as it was a path to secure work and he could still get his creative juices flowing just not on stage.
“I’m working now as a baker and thoroughly enjoying the career change,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity for migrants and I would definitely recommend it to others.”
Suited to someone who would like to start a career in baking or hospitality, the traineeship provides ESL (English as a Second Language) tutoring, job readiness support and TAFE accreditation, with potential employment at the completion of the program.
To find out more about the traineeship program, go to or email