“We wanted to diversify our workforce- but we needed help to make it happen” (local employer)
The Employment Program works with migrant and refugee jobseekers to find meaningful, sustainable employment in welcoming workplaces. Paid work is critical to reducing poverty and social exclusion. However, many jobseekers struggle to find their first job after arrival. Research shows that while half of the solution to this problem lies with support and training for jobseekers, the other half lies with workplaces.
Our program partners with JobActive providers, migrant and refugee communities and local businesses to create sustainable, long-term employment that benefits workers, business and our regional economy. We provide tailored support that varies from one workplace to the next. It can include identifying job opportunities to fit the skills of local migrant and refugee jobseekers, how to develop induction and ongoing workplace practices to suit workers with low English, interpreting and translation advice, cultural competency training, and jobseeker training and English support.
Find out more about our work in the case-study videos below:
Step Up: Grow Your Business With New Cultures
We collaborated with the City of Greater Bendigo and Bendigo Community Health Services to produce a series of seven videos called Step Up, for local businesses to demonstrate the ease and benefits of employing culturally diverse jobseekers.
View all the videos here.
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