Rieta and Charity both had energy and experience and the will to work but found it hard to get the right opportunities. With training support and placement, they are both now enjoying their work at the Meerkat Bistro at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

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Charity Guo at work in the Meerkat Bistro.

Charity Guo in the Meerkat Bistro.

Charity Guo arrived in Australia in 2002 from South Sudan as a refugee. She found part time work but with a young daughter it was difficult to find stable work even though she already had tourism qualifications.

Jobs Victoria Partner west@work supported Charity into her new position at the Werribee Open Range Zoo where she is able to work as a greeter, as well as in the Meerkat Bistro.

Rieta Lado at work in the Meerkat Bistro.

Rieta Lado at work in the Meerkat Bistro.

Rieta Lado arrived in Australia from South Sudan in 2005 and was looking for work for many years before she connected with Jobs Victoria through Jobs Victoria Partner west@work, who supported her into a position at the Werribee Open Range Zoo’s Meerkat Bistro.

Rieta is the mother of seven children, and a volunteer with her local church. She has been motivated and tireless in her job search but without the right kind of experience or qualification work was hard to find. west@work helped her obtain her kitchen qualifications, and placed her in the Meerkat Bistro kitchen, where she enjoys the work and the community.

west@work provides personalised services to Victorian employers to create long-term work opportunities for disadvantaged jobseekers. With over 100 years of experience serving communities in the West, with training and education at centres such as Wyndham Community and Education Centre.

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