WCIG welcomed various special guests and VIPs to the recent official launch of victoria@work.
The official launch was a joint event, covering both a celebration of the fantastic results that our current east@work and west@work programs have achieved over the past year, and also facilitated the unveiling a new, united approach with east and west operating under the new umbrella of victoria@work.
Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Employment and Member for Eltham, Vicki Ward, joined WCIG and its partners in Doncaster to officially launch victoria@work, stating “Westgate [WCIG] has done a great job supporting people all over Melbourne find work and keep it – setting them up for future success.”
victoria@work, funded under the Victorian State Government’s Jobs Victoria Program, with WCIG as lead partner, is delivered in consortium with other trusted community service providers in the east and western regions, as east@work and west@work respectively. victoria@work services offers recruitment and workforce planning for employers, as well as assistance for long-term unemployed and vulnerable jobseekers from diverse backgrounds, including helping them get job ready, and offering ongoing support.
WCIG and its partners in west@work have placed more than 300 disadvantaged jobseekers into long-term employment, while in its short time in operation, east@work has placed over 90. Jobs range from construction, warehousing and logistics to food processing, health and fresh produce processing.
Guests of the launch heard from Mr Yossi Goldfarb, Acting Executive Director, Employment Outcomes (DEDJTR) and Mr Gengiz Soyturk, Manager of the victoria@work program about both the achievements and also the future plans for the program, with more than 700 placements targeted by the end of 2018.
A highlight of the event was the employer panel section, where audience members were invited to ask questions to a panel of employers victoria@work works with on a regular basis. Questions were insightful and pragmatic, with many issues covered including current and future vacancies and the challenges of linking mature aged jobseekers with new career paths.
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