Osama’s EPIC contribution to keep Melbourne moving
When life in his hometown of Basra in southern Iraq became too chaotic, Osama knew it was time for a fresh start. In 2018, the engineer moved to Australia with his wife and young son – leaving behind a home filled with memories. “Basra was wonderful before all the chaos happened in that area, but Australia opened the door for me to start a better life for my family, away from all that chaos.” Osama arrived in Australia with four years’ experience as an engineer. He was the ideal candidate for the Engineering Pathways Industry Cadetship program – also known as EPIC. The EPIC program employs engineers from refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds and helps launch their careers on some of Victoria’s biggest transport infrastructure projects. Osama was given the opportunity to work for Metro Trains on the Level Crossing Removal Project and earn an Australian qualification.