Both experience and the research tells us that one of the most reliable pathways out of disadvantage and most effective ways of connecting with the broader community is through employment.
Jesuit Social Services has a history of investing in programs to support people to transition into jobs. Building on our experience over many years with young people in the criminal justice system, in 2001 we set up the Gateway program, which provided young people with the opportunity to learn new skills and use them in a way recognised and valued by the community, laying the foundations for future employment.
The creation of Jesuit Community College in 2011 gave further expression to our commitment to provide training and employment pathways, with accredited and pre-accredited training offered to people with barriers to mainstream education.
Training programs at Jesuit Community College sit side-by-side our workplace inclusion programs, which connect employers with people facing barriers to employment. These programs get people “in the door”, while our mentoring and training offerings support them to perform to the best of their ability. Many of our participants go on to further employment and tell us that the workplace inclusion programs gave them the start they needed to get their lives back on track.
We conduct a number of workplace inclusion programs in corporate, community and small business settings, including:
Our JVEN teams work closely with employers to identify job opportunities for disadvantaged Victorian job seekers, providing intensive support to prepare job seekers for those roles.
People we assist into employment include long term unemployed people who need additional help to find work but are not eligible for full Commonwealth employment services, as well as disadvantaged jobseekers with complex barriers to employment. These jobseekers may be people who are referred by other State Government services, such as youth justice clients, young people in out-of-home care, or part of a designated priority target group such as people who are Refugees and Asylum Seekers, or people from African-Australian or Maori and Pasifika backgrounds.
We work closely with each participant in our jobs program to create pathways to social and economic participation through engagement in learning and in work so as to change and enhance their lives.
Since 2016, our JVEN program has worked with 340 employers to provide over 1100 roles for our program participants.
Transition to Work provides intensive, pre-employment support for early school leavers aged 15 to 21 to improve the work readiness of young people and to help them into work (including Apprenticeships or Traineeships) or education.
The Reconnect program strives to support Victorians aged 17 to 64 years of age experiencing disadvantage. The program assists participants to overcome the barriers preventing them from engaging in education and training and provides support into further study and/or employment pathways. The program is made up of four key elements which will ensure participants receive the supports, guidance, and training required to successfully transition into further study or employment. These four elements involve Engagement, Learner wrap-around supports, Education, Training and Employment and Pathways.
The Reconnect Program supports people in the following four groups:
The highly successful African-Australian Inclusion Program (AAIP) is a joint initiative of Jesuit Social Services and National Australia Bank delivered in Victoria and New South Wales. The AAIP is a dynamic and highly professional program for qualified African-Australians and provides six months paid, supported work experience at National Australia Bank (NAB) and a pathway to ongoing employment in the Australian business sector.
We are really proud of our achievements. Of the 503 Participants that have taken part in the AAIP since 2009, on average, over 80% have been employed at NAB or in their chosen field at the end of each round of the program. As at January 2020, approximately 50% of all AAIP alumni are still working at NAB.
For more information about the African Australian Inclusion Program, please click here
Jesuit Social Services is pleased to be partnering with Melbourne Water, a statutory authority owned by the Victorian Government to deliver the Melbourne Water Pathway Program. Melbourne Water manage and protect Melbourne’s major water resources on behalf of the community. The program provides a supported employment and training experience for people who are marginalised, or at risk of marginalisation from their field of qualification.PREVIOUS PARTNERS
The Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program seeks to increase the representation of African-Australians from refugee and other backgrounds in Victoria Police. The program focuses on addressing the challenges encountered by African-Australians who apply to Victoria Police, and is designed to provide support to applicants throughout their recruitment process to gain entry to the Force, including through the provision of an intensive 15 week course to participants delivered by Victoria University. This program is an initiative managed by Jesuit Social Services on behalf of a partnership including Victoria Police, the African Australian Multicultural Employment and Youth Service, Victoria University, AMES, Matchworks, and Maurice Blackburn.
The Major Projects Jobs Service is an initiative of Jesuit Social Services to support employers in the building and civil construction industry to access job ready young people from culturally diverse backgrounds for entry level and non-professional worksite and administrative roles.
The Major Projects Jobs Service will assist young people aged between 17 and 30 years looking for work in the construction industry with the training and mentoring they need to succeed in the workplace.
Through the Major Projects Jobs Service, Jesuit Social Services assists employers to access a pool of potential job ready and culturally diverse new employees, to meet both their workforce needs and to achieve the workforce diversity objectives.
Our Ignite Cafe at the Camberwell Library provides a welcoming place for the community to meet, as well as opportunities for people to train. At the cafe, people experiencing long-term unemployment learn alongside experienced hospitality professionals. Participants train in food preparation skills and customer service, gain hands-on experience serving delicious food and coffee, and develop their confidence to make positive and lasting changes to their lives. The library and cafe complement each other, providing a place for the local community to gather, share ideas and connect. Visit Ignite Cafe Camberwell on Facebook to learn more.