Education and Training

Education advisers ASVET

Vocational Education and Training

The Asylum Seeker Vocational Education and Training (ASVET) program is a Victorian State Government funded initiative which supports eligible people seeking asylum and refugees to access Skills First VET courses. Since 2016 the ASRC ASVET Program has made over 1200 referrals for eligible people seeking asylum and refugees to study courses at TAFEs, Learn Locals and private training providers.

EAL Program

Pathways to Employment Program (PTE)

Low English language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills can prove a difficult barrier to cross for people seeking asylum looking for work.

The Pathways to Employment (PTE) program aims to support people seeking asylum with low LLN skills to be ready for the Australian workforce.

We provide English for Work classes; one-on-one mentoring and coaching with PTE Advisors; Safe Work Practices short courses and opportunities to expand social and work networks to increase participants’ prospects for work. 

ASRC education program

English For Work classes

English For Work is a language, literacy and numeracy course designed in-house by ASRC’s expert volunteer EAL teachers. Classes are delivered at three levels and run four times per week, covering topics such as Australian workplace culture, managing money, transport and communication for work.
Our team-teaching model, supported by member’s one-on-one PTE Advisor sessions, offers members individual support tailored to their needs and goals whilst also promoting peer support in the classroom.

University scholarships

ASRC is a member organisation of the Refugee Education Special Interest Group. This is a group of people from the community, higher education, vocational education and school sectors who have an interest in advocating for and supporting educational opportunities for students from refugee backgrounds. For more information go to:

The ASRC works with universities, to spread information about university scholarships and provide access support for people seeking asylum. We collaborate with universities to run information sessions for people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas across the Melbourne metropolitan region.


For more information about Education at ASRC please contact the Innovation Hub reception on 8537 9500.