The award-winning partnership between Allianz and SSI has been delivering new education and career opportunities for refugees and migrants since 2016; with the scholarship program created to minimise the financial barriers experienced by refugees as they participate in the NSW education system.
To date, almost 200 (177) refugee education scholarships have been awarded via the partnership, with a combined value of over $400,000, and 32 refugees have been supported into permanent employment with Allianz in a variety of skilled roles across Finance, Human Resources, Claims, IT, Underwriting, Workers Compensation and Marketing. Over $62,000 – including $50,000 from Allianz – has been allocated this year to the 20 awarded individuals, all towards their educational endeavours.
Allianz Australia, Managing Director, Richard Feledy said he was incredibly proud of the contributions the initiative has provided to a number of people of refugee backgrounds, and by extension, their families and community, “Our relationship with SSI is part of our commitment to continually contribute to an inclusive society. One in which all people – no matter their culture, background or ability – feel valued. Importantly, one in which individuals have the opportunity to access equal education or progress their careers, and to use their unique skills and reach their full personal or professional goals.”
Also commenting on the partnership’s milestone, SSI CEO, Violet Roumeliotis, said, “We are proud to mark five years with Allianz, recognising and encouraging the strengths, talent and resilience of many individuals. Allianz understands that supporting individuals who are refugees is not just about providing material aid and assisting people to survive. It's also about making sure there are opportunities to learn, work and thrive.”
“At SSI, it’s our mission to support people of refugee background to reach their full potential. The SSI Allianz scholarships program seeks to do this by reducing the financial barriers experienced by refugees as they participate in the education system. This year we were overwhelmed with over 200 applications, with the cohort of recipients ranging from teenagers who aspire to be doctors and teachers, through to a father who is reskilling by pursuing a tertiary education. I am always excited that, together with organisations like Allianz, we can help people like these overcome their hurdles and realise their dreams,” Ms Roumeliotis said.
The Allianz and SSI partnership has been recognised by the Australian Human Rights Commission, in 2017 it was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission Business Award. For more information, read .