Navitas welcomes changes to the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
1st Sep, 2020 Feature story:
As a long-standing provider of the AMEP across NSW and the ACT, Navitas welcomes last week’s announcement of changes to the Adult Migrant English Program which will see more migrants and refugees accessing more free English language training with greater flexibility.
Navitas CEO Scott Jones said the changes, announced by the acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, would better support migrants to settle into life in Australia, contribute to society and secure employment.
“By removing the 510-hour limit and completion timeframes, and allowing students to work towards achieving more advanced ‘vocational’ English, the Government has acknowledged that learning a new language is complex, that no two clients learn at the same pace, and that more training is needed to achieve English proficiency."
“With a vocational standard of English, AMEP clients will be more confident and empowered to find a job, participate in their community and actively contribute to Australia’s vibrant democracy.”
Navitas has delivered the Adult Migrant English Program to more than 200,000 AMEP learners since 1998, with exceptional satisfaction outcomes.
“The AMEP has been the foundation for migrant and refugee settlement in Australia,” Mr Jones said. “It is more than English language training – it’s a critical program that supports our newly arrived migrants and refugees to settle into a whole new way of life in a new country with fundamentally different values, customs, traditions and culture."
“I am pleased that we are now doing more to support AMEP clients and their families - particularly during the pandemic - and look forward to a time in the near future when we can once again welcome migrants and refugees to our wonderful country.”