Feng came to Australia 5 years ago, studying at the Adult Migrant English (AMEP) and Settlement Language Pathways to Employment and Training (SLPET) Program at NMTAFE to improve his English and employability skills. He completed his two weeks work experience at MercyCare’s Wembley Residential Aged Care Home.
“AMEP is not just an English course, but a great community
which shows diversity and inclusiveness like the song
‘We are one, but we are many,
And from all the lands on earth we come
We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice
I am, you are, we are Australian’”
“Feng commented at the work place visit that he
didn’t know that milk could be added to tea.
He was amazed by the workings of an
aged care facility and had asked, even then,
to stay within the confines of the lunchroom and
tearoom to help serve at a moment's notice.
Funny, how early signs mean nothing at the time
but escalate to huge stories further down the track.”
Michelina Vinci – Previous SLPET Coordinator
After AMEP, Feng continued with the EAL 3 hospitality course which included practical experience at NMTAFE’s student café.
A birthday wish from Feng's daughter for better lunches to take to school encouraged Feng to learn more about nutrition and to enrol in a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at South Metropolitan TAFE. Apart from his daughter’s lunch box being the most popular at school, Feng is following now his career goal of becoming a chef.
Aside from mastering different cuisines, studying at TAFE, working part time as a kitchen hand and being a house husband with two daughters, Feng has been working consistently with the support of his Read Write Now (RWN) tutor on further improving his communication and writing skills to help him in his work, in everyday life and in preparing for the Training Award interview selection process.
Feng’s journey highlights his ongoing commitment to improve his life and that of his family and community.