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AMEP celebrates 70th birthday

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), which has helped over four million newly arrived migrants settle into Australia.

  • An event to celebrate this significant milestone was held at our Leederville campus, with current and past AMEP students in attendance.
  • The program began in 1948, with English language classes often run on ships as migrants arrived in Australia after World War II.
  • North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT) has been delivering AMEP courses for 20 years, delivering around 6 million hours of AMEP tuition.

AMEP is Australia’s largest settlement program funded by the Commonwealth government, approximately 60,000 clients are assisted each year with up to 510 hours of free English language tuition.

NMT celebrated the program’s 70th anniversary during Adult Learner’s Week, which promotes the message that it is never too late to learn.AMEP 70 2.jpg

The event began with a Welcome to Country, followed by an address from Melanie Finestone, Regional Manager, WA Skills, Australian Government Department of Education and Training. NMT’s AMEP Manager Richard Flack shared with the audience the significance of the program, with the College enrolling over 20,000 students and delivering 6 million hours of tuition since 1988.

Our lecturer Shirley Haak, who has taught our AMEP classes for 20 years, spoke about how the program gives students the opportunity to meet other new migrants, create lifelong friendships, job prospects and further training options.

“You are the best students to teach, you teach me much more than I teach you,” said Shirley. “This is the best job in the world.”

The event concluded with a lively performance by the AMEP choir, a traditional Australian sausage sizzle, and finally an African drumming session which gave all students the opportunity to try their hand at the instruments.

Find out more about our AMEP program.AMEP 70 1.jpg

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