Jobseekers from migrant and refugee backgrounds are finding jobs in Melbourne's aged and disability care sector, through innovative programs run by VICSEG New Futures in partnership with Jobs Victoria.

29 June 2017

Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn announced this month that the Victorian State 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 Victorian State Government has now provided VICSEG nearly $1.3 million to help 300 jobseekers.

VICSEG New Futures program coordinators and participants at the funding announcement in June 2017

VICSEG New Futures program coordinators and participants with Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn at the funding announcement on 27th June 2017

VICSEG New Futures program coordinators and participants with Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn at the funding announcement in June 2017.

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.

Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn said at the funding announcement that "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."

We recently visited Rathdowne Place Aged Care in Carlton to meet two young women who found work there through VICSEG New Futures' program. Watch Maninder and Najmo's stories:

Find out more about VICSEG New Future's programs at their website