Jobs Victoria partners with the Rumbalara Football and Netball Club in Shepparton to deliver the Algabonyah Employment Program, supporting local Indigenous jobseekers into work.
Ruby Winmar, 19 years old, had undertaken a nursing traineeship but was finding it challenging to find secure work that would support her financially.
Ruby connected with Jobs Victoria and Algabonyah, who supported her to gain her white card, and then into a job with Lendlease working as a construction worker on the new Goulburn Valley Hospital project.
David Barron, Partnerships manager at Rumbalara Football and Netball Club, said Algabonyah is building careers for people in the Aboriginal community in Shepparton.
“Jobs Victoria funding that goes into that is critical to the success stories that we’re seeing on the Lendlease hospital site.”
Rob McGregor, Site Manager, Lendlease, said Ruby walked in the door job ready.
“Jobs Victoria’s partnership with Rumbalara has given us job-ready people. On day one we were able to just put her through a normal construction industry induction, and within a couple of hours she was earning her keep and was part of the team straightaway.”
Lendlease is committed to offering employment opportunities to people from the local Indigenous community.
“Particularly while we’re on Yorta Yorta country, we have a responsibility to not just come in here, do our job and go away again. I think we have to go and learn from people.”
Now that Ruby is thriving in her new role on the Goulburn Valley Hospital project. Algabonyah is assisting her to help her manage her income and save for her ultimate goal – to further her studies and become a nurse.
Ruby says: “I was born in this hospital. A few years back I worked as a nursing assistant, now I’m working on the construction site. Hopefully once I finish studying, I’ll be able to come back and work here as a nurse.”
Find out more about Rumbalara Football and Netball Club's Algabonyah Employment Program
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