Victoria Gives Jobseekers A Boost To Find Employment

10 October 2018

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure that even more Victorian jobseekers can access the support they need to find and keep a job.

Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today visited Sunshine Hospital to announce $10 million for 22 Jobs Victoria partners – which will allow them to help more than a thousand jobseekers into work.

Jobs Victoria partners provide support for thousands of jobseekers facing barriers to employment, helping to prepare, place and support them into long-term sustainable work.

Sunshine Hospital is part of the Western Health network of hospitals that has employed more than 60 local jobseekers with the support of Jobs Victoria.

Westgate Community Initiatives Group, one of the 22 Jobs Victoria partners allocated new funding, has worked with the Western Health network to support jobseekers into roles at Sunshine Hospital.

During the visit, Mr Carroll saw firsthand the work that some of the former jobseekers are undertaking at the hospital – including Selina Marshall and Abdella Ali.

After working in the mining industry for 20 years, Ms Marshall is now helping to support patient care and safety after being unemployed for about five months.

Mr Ali, who came to Australia from Africa when he was 24 years old, is now working at Sunshine Hospital after being made redundant at Toyota where he had worked for more than 20 years.

These trainees are helping health professionals to perform essential services such as patient transport and movement, food service, maintaining beds, infection control and clinical cleaning.

Jobs Victoria has supported close to 9,000 people facing barriers to employment into work over the past two years.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll

“Sunshine Hospital isn’t just saving lives – they’re helping to change lives by giving people jobs.”

“Everyone deserves the chance to get a job and this new funding will help prepare, place and support over a thousand jobseekers into employment.”

Quote attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman

“Sunshine Hospital is the heart of our community – they do a fantastic job and provide opportunities for Victorians to work.”

Funding has been allocated to the following Jobs Victoria partners:

  • Access Australia Group
  • Australian Multicultural Community Services – Australian Multicultural Employment Network
  • Brotherhood of St Laurence – Dandenong-Casey project
  • Brotherhood of St Laurence – Whittlesea project
  • CVGT Australia – Second Chance Young Stars program
  • CVGT Australia – What about a job program (Bendigo and Mount Alexander)
  • CVGT Australia – Second chance what about a job program (Hume)
  • East Gippsland Food Cluster Incorporated – REVAUP Program
  • Edge Workforce – Qualify Futures Consortium
  • Edge Workforce – Qualify Futures Consortium Stage 2
  • FGM Consultants – FGM Jobs
  • Jesuit Social Services – EmployXpress
  • Mildura Rural City Council – Real Jobs – Real People
  • NORTH Link
  • Reclink Australia – Reclink Australia ‘LINK’ program
  • The Bridge Incorporated – Youth2You by The Bridge Employment
  • VICSEC New Futures – New Futures for CALD Jobseekers
  • VICSEG New Futures – New Futures for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Westgate Community Initiative Group – west@work
  • Westvic Staffing Solutions – Create and Include – Central Highlands Employment Program
  • Wingate Avenue Community Centre
  • Workways Australia Limited - People with a disability including those with mental illness in Gippsland

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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