We are proud to share these stories to demonstrate the difference Jobs Victoria can make.
Wendy welcomes a new career in disability support
Wendy Birdjan is a passionate advocate for recognising and celebrating ability, not disability.
Jobs Victoria Advocate helps more than 500 Vietnamese community members in Braybrook
Anh Dam has her hands full as a Jobs Victoria Advocate at the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association, but she wouldn’t want it any other way.
Ballarat former servicewoman builds her new career with help from the Jobs Victoria Fund
For former Australian Navy servicewoman Cheryl Walshe, the Jobs Victoria Fund meant an opportunity to secure the perfect role with Ballarat-based Stroud Homes.
Former boxing star supports Aboriginal jobseekers in Richmond
The COVID-19 lockdown meant fewer working hours for James Williams in his former role conducting surveys in the Aboriginal community at Aboriginal Housing Victoria.
Career counselling is for everyone: How a Jobs Victoria Career Counsellor like Ros can help you
Every day, Jobs Victoria Career Counsellor Ros Cathro meets people from all walks of life and supports them to find their place in the working world.
Maddy’s dream job delivers training, experience and security
Like many school-leavers, Maddy Gallagher found herself wondering about a career after finishing Year 12 in 2020.
Brimbank’s first female apprentice heavy diesel mechanic eyes a job in the mines
After completing Year 11 last year, Chelsea swapped high school for heavy vehicle maintenance with Brimbank City Council.
Jobs Victoria Advocate connects personal trainer with a local job
Jobs Victoria Advocate, JT Bhuller enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and helping them with whatever employment challenges they are facing.
Jobs Victoria Advocate helps graduate overcome interview anxiety
In her first three months as a Jobs Victoria Advocate based in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Nicole Parker helped more than 30 people find and secure employment.
Jobs Victoria Mentor cooks up the answers to help Victorians back to work
Jobs Victoria Mentor, Matt Murphy, is helping Victorians get back to work.
Joel joins Geelong Fencing thanks to wage subsidy
Joel Hopkins was a concreter for over 11 years when he decided he wanted to try something different.
Chloe finds her feet with new job in local café
Chloe finds her feet with new job in local café as part of wage subsidy hire.
Jobs Victoria youth program delivers a triple win for Corangamite
Madeleine Slingo is working to protect the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot through Jobs Victoria’s Youth Employment Program.
Kunnika connects locals in linguistically diverse Mildura
Kunnika connects locals in linguistically diverse Mildura.
Hairstylist gets her passion back with Jobs Victoria wage subsidy
After losing her job during the pandemic, Catherine is back in the hairdressing salon thanks to the Jobs Victoria Fund.
Eason’s Car Centre in Ballarat driving business with new hire
Eason’s Car Centre in Ballarat driving business with new hire Tania
Mr Kangaroo gets extra bounce from wage subsidy
The Jobs Victoria Fund has helped tourism business Mr Kangaroo build a new customer base among local tourists.
From the city to the sea – Jobs Victoria supports new opportunities in Lakes Entrance
After 14 years working in Melbourne’s CBD, Amber Potocnik was ready for a change.
Beaufort Butchery gets a boost from the Jobs Victoria Fund
Rohan and Barbara, owners of Beaufort Butchery for 20 years, have hired a new butcher thanks to Jobs Victoria wage subsidy.
Chris' coffee shop hires three new employees thanks to Jobs Victoria Fund
Chris is growing his business all thanks to wage subsidies supporting him to hire three staff members at his coffee shop.
Just Gold strikes gold by recruiting through the Jobs Victoria online hub
Just Gold was among the first group of employers to recruit through the Jobs Victoria online hub, where they say they struck it lucky with three new awesome hires.
Bilingual health educator at the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health spreads the words thanks to Jobs Victoria
Rachel is spreading the word thanks to Jobs Victoria finding her a job as a bilingual health educator
Fabulous new hires give Collingwood Children’s Farm a face-lift
The much-loved Collingwood Children’s Farm is undergoing a face-lift after hiring 14 new staff members thanks to support from Jobs Victoria.
Jobs Victoria Advocate offers empathy and practical support to jobseekers
Meet Teyra Jasso - one of more than 100 Jobs Victoria Advocates helping Victorians get back to work.
Mural brightens Melbourne CBD and boosts city business
A new mural in Melbourne's CBD creates more than 155 jobs.
Sara finds a new niche in her role with the Yarra City Council
Sara Haley had been running her catering business Made by Misty for six-and-a-half years when COVID-19 ground everything to a screeching halt.
Recruits connect with culture at Shepparton’s Aboriginal arts centre
Kaiela Arts in Shepparton celebrates the rich culture and creative expression of Australia’s South Eastern Aboriginal people.
Cooking up a career in Mamma’s Kitchen
Mamma’s Kitchen is giving women from Flemington and Ascot Vale valuable cooking skills and experience while helping those in need.
A supportive workplace helps Samuel show what he can do
Seven months after starting a new role with Mambourin, Samuel Egger believes he’s in the best place he can possibly be.
Street artist Kaff-eine creates art for heart’s sake in Melbourne's CBD
Melbourne street artist Kaff-eine joins more than 150 creatives being recruited by the City of Melbourne to revive city lanes through Working for Victoria.
A stable job turns Debra’s life around
Debra was in an impossible situation. She had strong work history but with no place to live she couldn’t find a job, and without a job she couldn’t find a place to live.
A new role gives hope to Krystal and her family
Krystal Palmer feared she’d be unemployed forever. The Aboriginal single mother of three, had faced an endless stream of rejections.
Waterway Blitz brings unexpected rewards
After losing his job in the events industry due to the pandemic, Francis Fogliani found rewarding work cleaning Melbourne’s waterways.
Career change delivers a win for businesses in Mitchell Shire
The past six months have brought enormous change for Helen Breguet, who turned a negative into a positive when she lost her job as a result of the global pandemic.
New job brings new inspiration while greening Melbourne’s waterways
Sara Wiseman was thrilled to land a role as part of Melbourne Water’s Waterway Blitz – her first job out of university.
A second bite of the employment apple
Redundancy came as a devastating blow to Nick, who was laid off in March as part of a business restructure designed to weather the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Government pandemic response helps Victorians return to work
When coronavirus (COVID-19) prompted the closure of her workplace, Lucy sought ways to adapt her skills.
Citywide provides new opportunities for Victorians
Suyog had been working at a restaurant in Essendon but found himself unemployed.
A great attitude leads to a traineeship and new opportunities
Liban Mohamud arrived in Australia in 2012 from Somalia at the age of 17. After studying English, he found it very challenging to find employment.
After years out of the workforce, Annie is supporting her local community in a job she loves
Annie Kennedy was out of the workforce for 15 years, raising her five children. When all her kids were at school, Annie was ready to look for work again.
A young life nurtured: “Through every dark night, there’s a brighter day”
Newton Paye is 18. As a baby he escaped the Second Liberian Civil War and at seven years old, living in Guinea, he became an orphan.
For Evelyn, a traineeship opportunity means she has finally found her niche
At 57 years of age, Evelyn was long-term unemployed and lacked confidence in her ability to find work.
Job-hunting at aged 74 leads to a new community connection
Elli had been working as a waiter but when the restaurant closed, he found himself unemployed at the age of 74.
A life-changing journey from jobseeker to business owner
After many years out of the workforce, Tracee was supported into a casual role where she proved herself to be indispensable very quickly.
Local job market advice makes all the difference
Despite having excellent work experience and qualifications, Iffath found it difficult to find a job when she arrived in Australia. Then things changed.
Bright futures in a beautiful environment
Rieta and Charity find fulfilling and flexible work at Werribee Open Range Zoo.
Building a future through work
For two young Victorian jobseekers, finding work has allowed them to buy a house and secure a future for their families.
Hitching himself to a new career, Michael makes caravan manufacturing his new home
While the pandemic has been hard on businesses in Melbourne's north, it's also proven to be a gateway to employment opportunities in the caravan manufacturing industry.
Building a career in the construction industry
Aydarus is a passionate young man looking forward to a career in the construction industry, with help from Jobs Victoria and The Huddle.
Dreams come true with the right kind of support
Johnny is on the right path to his dream job with the help of a comprehensive training and support program in the hospitality industry.
Bendigo community supports refugees into working futures
After a long and difficult journey, Hadi and his family are looking forward to a bright future in Bendigo.
On the fast track to a new career
A fast-tracked adult automotive apprenticeship has helped Hung land on his feet after being retrenched, and find secure work in the industry he loves.
A job ‘with the lot’ thanks to the right support
Anxiety in job interviews can be overwhelming, but with the right support, it does not need to stand in the way of work.
Building a new hospital and a new career
Ruby Winmar had undertaken a nursing traineeship but was find it challenging to find secure work that would support her financially.
A positive partnership helps this employer recruit local workers with the right attitude
Luus Industries is a commercial cooking manufacturer based in Sunshine. When recruiting for his team, CEO Ao Luu believes attitude is the most important factor.
Community sector traineeships offer fresh perspective for young jobseekers
Rhian was experiencing unstable employment. A traineeship in the community services sector has offered a new perspective.
New self-confidence leads to a job and a nurturing, community-focused employer
Shylee was lacking in confidence when looking for work because she was an early school leaver and didn’t have qualifications.
Retrenchment offers a chance to shine in a new career
After being retrenched following the Toyota closure, ex-auto worker Youssef Batal found himself at a crossroads.
Given the chance to learn and thrive on the job, with the right support
When Deborah arrived in Australia from The Congo in 2016 she found the process of looking for work here stressful.
Finding the right support to kick-start a career
After gaining a degree in Environmental Science, Hamsa was excited to start his professional career.
Creating a platform for success, at any stage of life
Sophie Bovell and Peter Blair are just two of 15 Jobs Victoria participants who have got their careers ‘on track’ by landing jobs they love with Metro Trains.
A community focussed employer achieving social, financial and environmental outcomes
Outlook Environmental is one of the largest social enterprises in Victoria, operating for more than 20 years.
After retrenchment, new hope working on the West Gate Tunnel Project
After he was made redundant in 2017 Gideon found it hard to secure ongoing work. Now he’s working on a major construction project.
A new opportunity leads to a bright future
Livia Naucukidi and Rex Handy have been able to learn new skills and find the right support while working on the new Karadoc Solar Farm with Beon Energy Solutions.
An uplifting journey back into the workforce
After being out of work for 13 years, Samantha was able to find the right care and job support, which has had a positive impact on her life.
Jobs Victoria fuelling construction of new Mildura solar farm
Jobs Victoria is partnering with Beon Energy Solutions to deliver its new Karadoc Solar Farm, south of Mildura.
Learning on the job with Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project
A unique partnership between Whitelion, CYP, Holmesglen Institute and AGA is helping young people like Sian get training and job opportunities.
Collaboration and training matches skilled locals with construction jobs
The Lendlease Atherstone Exchange and Jobs Victoria have joined forces with civil contractor Rokon to find quality candidates for major construction projects.
Supportive employers find the right skills for their diverse, happy team
Ex-auto workers forge new career directions with a local business in partnership with Jobs Victoria.
Fashion label finds the right fit
An iconic Australian clothing brand is working with Jobs Victoria to find and train the right staff.
On the path to success
Jai already had extensive knowledge in his chosen field, but he needed help to express that knowledge in a good job application.
Building a new life in regional Victoria
The Bendigo community has helped Grace find her feet in her new home.
Work With Me Episode 1: Seeking
What’s it like for someone looking for work today? Work With Me follows the journey of five people as they try to land a job.
Work With Me Episode 2: Wisdom
Alana gets a diagnosis that helps her see things a little more clearly and Mike starts to make some changes.
Work With Me Episode 3: Shine
What else changes when you find work? Our five jobseekers gain more than they thought.