Helping Women Find The Perfect Fit In The Workplace

A community organisation which supports employment opportunities for disadvantaged women has received a funding boost to help more jobseekers find the perfect fit.

Visiting the team at Fitted for Work in Melbourne’s CBD today, Industry and Employment Minister Wade Noonan announced the not-for-profit organisation had received a $150,000 grant under the Jobs Victoria program.

The new funding will support a further 400 women into employment.

Fitted for Work is the first Australian organisation dedicated to helping women who face barriers to employment find jobs, and has assisted more than 24,000 women since 2005.

The organisation uses presentation workshops and outfitting services to support jobseekers. These range from job interview techniques and presentation support to work clothing, haircuts and hygiene products.

Fitted for Work currently operates two social enterprises.

The Conscious Closet sells recycled contemporary women’s fashion offering every woman the chance to be part of the Fitted for Work initiative.

SheWorks provides placement and post-placement services to businesses seeking to attract and retain quality female employees.

Fitted for Work has received support through the Andrews Labor Government’s $63 million Jobs Victoria program.

More than 1,000 people have been placed into jobs in the first eight months of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN), which has allocated $39 million to 38 employment providers.

The Labor Government is also supporting the growth of Victoria’s nation-leading social enterprise sector with $10.8 million in funding to implement the Social Enterprise Strategy.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan

“Fitted for Work is an incredible organisation, helping women who face barriers to employment gain the self-esteem they need to find stable employment.”

“Our Jobs Victoria programs are changing lives – supporting opportunities for all Victorians to make a contribution to their communities.”