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What is workplace inclusion?

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.

Pre-employment training

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.

Workplace programs, mentoring and internships

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.

Our workplace inclusion programs

We conduct a number of workplace inclusion programs in corporate, community and small business settings, including:

Jobs Victoria Employment Service (JVES)

Our Jobs Victoria Employment Service

Jesuit Social Services has been funded by the State Government to provide employment services to disadvantaged jobseekers for over 8 years. We have been assisting construction employers, Major Projects Consortia to meet diversity and inclusion and MPSG targets, to meet their contractual requirements.

We currently have four contracts to service both employers and jobseekers:

  • Construction

This service specialises in the construction industry and works with jobseekers interested in in this field to prepare them with the necessary licences and tickets and place them into suitable employment. We provide a specialist employment service to employers across all sectors of construction – domestic, commercial, civil and Major Projects. We work with Major Project Consortiums and their sub-contractors to assist them to meet their MPSG and Social Inclusion targets.

  • Core

This service is a generalist service that works with all jobseekers and employers across all industries.  This program offers pre and post-employment support to both jobseekers and employers by upskilling, mentoring and preparing disadvantaged Victorians for work, as well as assisting employers with finding the right candidates

  • Ex-Offenders

The Ex-Offenders service works with jobseekers of all age groups who have had previous interactions with the justice system and are looking for a second chance.  Our specialist team provides tailored supports to help Ex-Offenders prepare for, obtain and maintain employment in an effort to promote social and economic inclusion for many who would otherwise be left behind.

  • Professional

This service works with qualified professionals who are from culturally diverse backgrounds to assist them in finding employment pathways and entry points in their chosen fields.  Our specialist mentors work with jobseekers to help navigate and understand the Australian professional employment landscape and obtain or have recognised the qualifications required to obtain work in their chosen profession.

Transition to Work (TTW)

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.

Reconnect program

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:

  • Young people aged between 17- 19 years: not engaged in education or training for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week).
  • Mature participants aged between 20-64 years: Unemployed for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week) and not engaged in education or training for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week).
  • Young people impacted by Justice System – Young people (17 to 24 years of age) who have been, or are currently on, Youth Justice Orders.
  • Asylum seekers – A person without citizenship but holds a valid: Bridging Visa Class E (BVE); Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV); or Temporary Protection Visa (TPV).

Corporate Diversity Partnerships

African Australian Inclusion Program

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

Melbourne Water Pathway Program

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.


Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program

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.

Major Projects Jobs Service

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.

Ignite Cafe Camberwell

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.