Pana Barbounis - Founder, Pana Chocolate
[Vision: Pana Chocolate sign - various chocolates - bars being made]
Welcome to our home. I am Pana Barbounis the founder of Pana Chocolate. We make all
our chocolate bars here.
[Pana Barbounis speaking - Staff working making boxes]
What finds us here today is a collaboration, a joint working with the CVGT at the Jobs
Victoria, in introducing individuals with the workplace with Pana Chocolate.
Louis Nottle - Operations Manager, Pana Chocolates
[Vision: Pana and Louis working side by side - Louis Nottle speaking]
We were introduced to the Second Chance Program. That was a real good opportunity to
help give people in the community that quite often are overlooked, through whatever
reasons that they've fallen on a bit of hard times. And so we were able to partner with
[Vision: Pana Barbounis stirring chocolate - talking with staff]
It's actually a great resource. Screening and finding the right candidates and narrowing it
[Pana Barbounis speaking]
You know, initially we might all think that it actually adds layers of work. It actually
reduces some of the work.
[Vision: Staff working]
And they are able to screen a whole heap of people.
[Louis Nottle speaking]
And then we actually got onto an individual that is still working with us now, who has just
fitted in really well with our business.
[Vision: Wrapping chocolate bars]
He comes early every day. He's really interested in what we're doing. And through his
involvement our business has improved.
[Louis Nottle speaking]
We've taken on someone who is contributing to us as much as we're contributing to them,
and I think that's been the benefit of the Second Chance Program, is that it's a two-way
process. It's been a meaningful job for them, and they've been a meaningful person for
us as a business.
[Vision: Pana Barbounis opening chocolate bar and eating - Pana Barbounis speaking]
You know, and what's exciting about all this, is that we're a Victorian business and be
able to work with a Victorian Government body, but we're also a business that's quite
handmade and unique with what we do. And that's how we want to keep it.
[Vision: Pana Barbounis holding up chocolate bars]
So we'll be able to offer lots of jobs and I look forward to working together with the
program and just many more through the program.
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[Victoria State Government]
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