A Career Tailored Just Right



Darwich Sido came to Joblink Plus Wallsend in August 2016.  A Syrian refugee, he abandoned his successful clothing manufacturing business to start a new life for himself and his family in Australia.


Hoping to get back into the clothing industry and re-establish his career he undertook an Adult Migrant English program to further his progress.


When an opportunity for a casual role with a local linen company presented itself, Joblink Plus Consultant Lesley Forth and interpreter William, worked alongside Darwich to support him through his interview and trial. Darwich worked in the role for 8 weeks and assisted the employer to cover their busy period and staff annual leave. Darwich’s English began to improve considerably, he continued attending TAFE and also successfully graduated in the Multicultural Small Business Program.


While Lesley continued to work with Darwich on job readiness, the Refugee Service of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland introduced us to Rundle Tailoring, a well established and highly respected tailoring and clothing sales business in the Newcastle area.  Again our interpreter William supported Darwich at the interview and throughout the trial period.


The initial trial allowed Darwich to demonstrate his abilities and the quality of his work, and as result he was offered an opportunity to work as a Tailor and learn the business. Rundle Tailoring are working through interpreting services to build a program to give Darwich the opportunity to fast track his English.  Beginning with focussing on learning industry jargon to establish communication in the workplace.  A career progression plan is in place and as Darwich’s English improves he will move into a pivotal customer service role, measuring for suits and interacting with the customers. Rundle Tailoring is extremely happy with Darwich’s work and by focussing on Darwich’s capabilities and potential they have found an experienced and valued employee.


“Darwich is really positive.  In the beginning he was really concerned about not being able to work and now he has become integral to the business. Fixing machines and training staff in new techniques - he goes from strength to strength.  When he comes in the smiles speak for themselves. He is very gracious” said Lesley.


Congratulations Darwich, and Rundle Tailoring for your progressive approach to your craft, your business, and your community.