Bridging The Gap To Put More Victorians Into A Job

The Andrews Labor Government is backing a not-for-profit agency that is helping young Victorians into sustainable jobs across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.

Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan joined Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny and Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke today to announce more than $843,000 for The Bridge.

The Bridge helps disengaged young people, culturally-diverse communities and people who’ve had contact with the justice system find meaningful jobs.

The organisation will use the grant to place a further 90 people into employment.

The Bridge received more than $476,000 through the first round of Jobs Victoria funding, placing nearly 40 people into work.

One of these people was 20-year-old Nor Atikah Binti Ramli, who came to Melbourne as an asylum seeker from Malaysia and has recently struggled to find work because of cultural barriers.

The Bridge has helped her secure a job at Quest Apartment in Cheltenham.

Around 13 employment service providers are sharing in $11.6 million as part of stage two of Jobs Victoria, to place 1,200 people into work.

More than 1,600 disadvantaged Victorians have already found work through Jobs Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan

“Having a job gives a sense of purpose and meaning to someone’s life – and that really strikes at the heart of what Jobs Victoria is all about.”

“This funding is helping people who face barriers to work find meaningful jobs and turn their lives around.”

Quote attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny

“We are very proud to get behind local employment service providers like The Bridge, that are changing the lives of some of our most vulnerable young people.”

Quote attributable to Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke

“We never want to see a young person lose hope or feel left behind – and that’s why we’re backing local employment providers to get people job-ready and into sustainable jobs.”