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Aboriginal jobseekers are diving into swim teaching

An innovative program is training swim teachers and engaging with the community for a lifelong love of swimming.


Jobs Victoria Mentor Lan supported Johnny back into the workforce after leaving the justice system

Work readiness support and guidance is supporting people exiting the justice system to build a new life.


Michelle has landed a full-time job and is thriving

Michelle had great potential but needed some support from Jobs Victoria Mentor Ruth to build her confidence


Fresh Select speaks their employees’ language

We’re supporting the Werribee vegetable grower in a fresh approach to inclusive employment.


Julia has always cared for others and can now make it her career

When Julia was looking for work, she knew she wanted to do something different to what she’d done before.


Tailored support means James can excel in his new role

With secure employment James has been able to save money


Blending employer and jobseeker needs for the perfect brew

Our employment support is getting this coffee roaster in Melbourne’s north the staff it needs.


Tadi makes a splash as a swim teacher

It was a big leap from Zimbabwe to swim teaching in Geelong, but Tadi dived right in.


Disability support worker Simon is proud to be known as Captain Positive

After 30 years of working in the automotive industry, Simon was ready to make a difference in the community.


Jaynaya is a proud Gunditjmara woman undertaking a Jobs Victoria Youth Employment Scheme traineeship

Jaynaya is a proud Gunditjmara woman who always aspired to working in law enforcement


Jobs Victoria trainee Chin Chin has discovered it’s never too late to learn

Chin Chin, mother of two, works at a Ballarat childcare centre while completing her early childhood qualification with Chisholm TAFE


Nadia got an apprenticeship in carpentry with support from Jobs Victoria

Nadia got an apprenticeship in carpentry with support from Jobs Victoria


Jobs Victoria Mentor Travis helped Crystal improve her confidence and connected her to a traineeship

Jobs Victoria Mentor Travis helped Crystal improve her confidence and connected her to a traineeship


Jobs Victoria mentor Laura gave Peter the tools and confidence to find work

Jobs Victoria mentor Laura gave Peter the tools and confidence to find work


Brodie is now regarded as senior member at Bells Hotel

The Jobs Victoria hospitality program connected Brodie with Bells Hotel who needed staff


Jobs Victoria mentor Ruth supported Amanda to get job ready

Jobs Victoria mentor Ruth supported Amanda to get job ready and find rewarding work


Verena's Colombian street food has made her a foodie legend with the locals

Verena is passionate about food and wanted a job where she could follow that passion. But like many women over 45 and Victorians that speak languages other than English, there were hurdles to overcome.


Thushari has found a new career as a carer

Thushari has found a new job as a carer after having trouble finding a job when she came to Australia from Sri Lanka


Kassey loves making people smile in her new disability support role

Bendigo resident Kassey was struggling to find work until she met her local Jobs Victoria Advocate, Maria outside the supermarket.


Alex is a proud Yorta Yorta man who has landed himself an apprenticeship in regional Victoria

Meet Alex – he’s one of over 31,000 Victorians we’ve supported into work since March 2020.


Working while studying has worked out well for Nehal

Nehal was new to Australia and finding it hard to get a job that would fit in with his studies.


New job changes Ahmad’s life for the better

When Ahmad left Afghanistan to seek refuge in Australia, he also left behind his job as a business development manager.


Book lover turns a passion into a business

Sometimes, finding the right job for you means creating it yourself.


Celebrating a dream come true

A pandemic-induced downturn in working hours gave her a new opportunity to complete her Certificate in Celebrancy.


Over 200 young trainees set for brighter futures in the Victorian Public Sector

200 young trainees set for brighter futures in the Victorian Public Sector


Jobs Victoria Advocate connects people in the Wimmera to the right support for them

Jobs Victoria Advocate, Melissa Powell, connects people looking for work with quality employment services and support.


Jobs Victoria Advocates join forces with GOTAFE to provide greater opportunities for regional jobseekers

Joining forces with GOTAFE to provide greater opportunities for regional Victorians


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.