The Andrews Labor Government is helping jobseekers from migrant and refugee backgrounds find jobs in Melbourne’s aged and disability care sector.
Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn announced today that the Labor Government will give not-for-profit organisation VICSEG New Futures $550,000 in additional funding to place an extra 150 jobseekers into sustainable employment.
VICSEG has already placed more than 170 participants into employment across health and aged care, the majority of which had experienced unemployment, and faced cultural and language barriers to getting work.
The Labor Government has now provided VICSEG nearly $1.3 million to help 300 jobseekers.
Demand for VICSEG’s employment program has grown rapidly, with more than 460 jobseekers registering for work through the organisation.
Program partner Rathdowne Place Aged Care in Carlton has already given work to 15 Jobs Victoria participants.
The Labor Government has invested $63 million in Jobs Victoria, which helps jobseekers from all backgrounds get sustainable employment, with a goal of creating 4,000 jobs over four years.
More than 1,300 jobseekers have already been placed – about 30 a week – in the first nine months of the program.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan
“We’re delighted to see more Victorians find opportunities in our aged and disability care sector. Every Victorian – regardless of their background – has the right to the dignity of work.”
“This additional funding will allow VICSEG to change the lives of another 150 jobseekers from diverse, multicultural backgrounds.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn
“We are very proud to support VICSEG New Futures to help hundreds of culturally-diverse jobseekers find sustainable work.”
“This program is changing the lives of newly-settled migrants, refugees and asylum seekers by helping them make a meaningful contribution to aged and disability care.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020