Jobs Victoria is helping young ex-offenders turn their lives around through $1.7 million in funding to help them find meaningful jobs and break the cycle of reoffending.

5 September 2017

Jobs Victoria Partner CVGT Australia has received $900,000 to run the Second Chance program and place a further 55 young Victorians into work.

Jesuit Social Services has also received a grant of $810,000 to help 60 jobseekers through its Youth Justice Service.

These programs help young people get work-ready and find sustainable jobs.

Jobs Victoria has already helped place more than 1,600 jobseekers into work, with a goal of helping more than 5,000 people. The Victorian-first JobsBank will provide a dedicated pipeline of jobs for Victoria’s most disadvantaged jobseekers.

Pana Chocolate in Richmond, a family run business, has already taken on a number of young ex-offenders and is a passionate supporter of the program.

Sarah's story is one of a number of positive stories emerging from this program. Sarah has dyslexia and struggled at school. She left in year 10, and was not able to find work. Five years of rejection left Sarah feeling dispirited. Through Jobs Victoria she was able to begin hospitality training in hospitality at STREAT, access clothes and resources through Fitted for Work, and find a job working with the team at Pana Chocolates.

Watch Sarah's story:

At the launch of the new funding, Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos said: “For young people leaving our youth justice system, stable employment gives them purpose and meaning as they get older."

"Giving a young person the dignity and daily routine of a job is an important step in turning their lives around and ensuring they give back to society.”

Watch the Pana Chocolate story:

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