At the Royal Society of Victoria, we often meet or hear about migrants to Australia with backgrounds in the sciences who have, for a variety of reasons, been unable to secure work related to their skill base and education. This is a lost opportunity for everybody.
Not content with the anecdotal evidence, we seek to qualify and quantify the extent of the affected community here in Victoria through this pilot program. We are interested in hearing from any science and engineering-qualified migrants who have at least a Masters degree in their field, or an undergraduate science degree with relevant work experience, but who have struggled to find related work in Australia. Our intention is to purposefully (and gainfully) activate your knowledge and experience.
Each year, teachers around Australia engage specialist science communicators and educators to come into their schools and deliver specialist science programs. In this way, the school meets a variety of student curriculum goals that are beyond the capacity of the staffing profile or syllabus.
From 2017, schools in Victoria also have to deliver two new curriculum components – science as an international endeavour, and Intercultural Understanding.
This provides an opportunity to combine learning about science and learning about other cultures in a single session.
Our pilot program will assist Victorian, science-qualified migrants (with a particular focus on communities to Melbourne’s north, in service of our commitment to our grant bodies) to tell their migration story while developing a science show that is both engaging and suitable for Victorian schools. We will train you to deliver it, and we then help market it to schools through Cultural Infusion’s Schools Program.
Mentorship by working science communicators is provided as well, alongside invitations to great science forums and events to help you connect with Melbourne’s science community and stay in touch with the latest in scientific research and application.
Business training and assistance in setting up as a sole trader is included. If successful, we will seek to expand the program to train and deploy more eligible participants.
Further Information and Applications
Applications can be made via Cultural Infusion’s website, which includes eligibility, guidelines and avenues for further information. Please note the submission deadline of 5pm on 30 December, 2016.
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