“We wanted to diversify our workforce, but understanding how to go about it, which jobs would match local communities, how to ensure OH&S policies were understood, how to ensure staff cultural competency- we needed help to make it happen” (local employer)
The Sustainable 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 “Australian 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 Jobcentres, 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.
Currently we are working with businesses in the agricultural, cleaning and processing industries in the Bendigo region.
Sustainable Employment Program
Funding bodyThis program is funded for one year by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. We are currently looking for funding opportunities to expand and continue this work.ContactFor more information please contact: Sylvia Phan- Project Officer 5441 6644 or firstname.lastname@example.org Enquiries from businesses looking to hire workers from diverse backgrounds welcome.