Having fled persecution against Christians and the carnage which engulfed the war-torn Syrian town for several years, the three men joined a small group of excited and very grateful refugees taking part in a unique training program at the Energex training facility at Rocklea.

“I am very grateful to be here. My family is now safe and I am so happy to have a new future for my wife and sons,” Abdullah said.

Along with eight other refugees from the middle-east and various Africa nations, Abdullah enrolled in an employment training program organised by the MDA Ltd (Multicultural Development Association) and jointly facilitated by EQL companies, Ergon Energy and Energex at their Brisbane training facility.

“As an organisation which values diversity and represents our community, it’s so important that we give these individuals such a chance and a head-start,” EQL CEO, David Smales said.

Ergon Energy’s Training Project Officer, Sharlene Smith said the week-long course provided the refugees the opportunity to gain the fundamental skills required to begin their job search.

“It was a very rewarding experience and I really feel privileged to have been a part of it. It’s so nice to see the way in which we can give back to the community like this,” Sharlene said.

“All of the course participants have been very engaged and very appreciative of the opportunity to take part. They were extremely willing to learn,” added fellow Ergon trainer David Storer.

The MDA course provided the refugees a White Card for gaining employment on construction sites, and basic qualifications in CPR, First Aid and Occupational Health and Safety.

As well those fundamental skills, course participants were provided an overview of the opportunities that exist within Ergon Energy and Energex as apprentices.

For more information on the training program, visit the MDA website.