Many refugees come to Australia with high level skills in professions such as medicine and engineering. At the same time, many businesses and organisations in Australia are unable to find staff with appropriate skills to meet the needs of their operations. We want to bridge the gap between the two by setting refugees up with mentors from their communities so that they can become job-ready in Australia and so that they can use their skills to have a fulfilling career in fields where they already have expertise.
What it does
Foot In The Door is a platform that links unestablished skilled migrants with established skilled migrants for mentorship and referall purposes and to businesses for internships and employment opportunities.
Unlike existing job platforms and internship programs or platforms, Foot In The Door leverages community support from professionals and nurtures development of migrants and refugees in an accessible manner with a human focus.
How we built it
We built it using a Haskell web framework called Yesod.
Challenges we ran into
Working out the demographic we were catering for was challenging due to the lack of available data on the detailed skill level of migrants.
Limiting scope, and figuring out a commercially viable solution was an interesting process.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Our prototype, user flow and the solution we have designed to address the problem!
It's amazing how 7 strangers came together on a Friday evening and had an amazing idea ready to go by Sunday arvo. We've run our idea by a few members of the target demographic and they have been very supportive.
What we learned
We learned about the challenges facing refugees in being able to use their existing skills to find appropriate work in Australia.
What's next for Foot in the Door
We will create processes to enable mentors and businesses to establish their profiles on the site.
We have factored phase 2, 3 and 4 into a product feature and development pipeline.