This August, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan announced JobsBank. This new Jobs Victoria initiative will partner with some of Victoria's largest businesses to break down barriers to employment and ensure no Victorian jobseeker gets left behind.
31 August 2015
Speaking at the Victorian Jobs Partnership on August 15, Premier Daniel Andrews said, “We don’t want anyone left behind – that’s why we’re bringing together business, government and the community to create work for those who need it most.”
JobsBank is a Victorian-first initiative that will provide a dedicated jobs pipeline for Victoria’s most disadvantaged jobseekers.
Through JobsBank, businesses will pledge roles in their organisations for those who typically find it hardest to get work, including family violence survivors, disengaged youth and those living with a disability.
Jobs Victoria providers such as welfare, community and employment placement organisations will use this bank of jobs to place their clients into meaningful work.
Tailored mentoring, training and development services will be available to help these jobseekers become job-ready, as will extra support for things like travel expenses, childcare and clothing.
A number of organisations including Bombardier, AGL and Linfox have already pledged roles, and the Premier and Minister called on more of the state’s largest employers to help reach a target of 500 positions through JobsBank.
These roles will add to the more than 1,600 Victorians facing barriers to employment who have already found work through Jobs Victoria since the program was launched 10 months ago.
Minister Noonan said, “Victoria leads the nation in jobs growth, but there’s always more we can do to create and protect local jobs."
"The JobsBank will create a pipeline of opportunities for long-term jobseekers – giving them the skills, experience and confidence they need to get work and keep it.”
The Victorian Jobs Partnership shared just some of the stories from jobseekers who have found work with support from Jobs Victoria.