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The Victorian Government Minister for Industry & Employment Visits Jobs Victoria west@work Program

20 Mar 2017 - WCIG was delighted to host Minister Wade Noonan on a short visit to WCIG’s Social Enterprise Group to meet with two west@work Jobs Victoria participants in Seddon on Friday 17 March 2017.

Minister Noonan was greeted by two west@work program participants who were recently successful in gaining employment at WCIG’s Cleanable social enterprise. These participants were also awarded Certificates of Appreciation by the Chair of WCIG’s Board, Frank Carlus, for being committed to their employment opportunities and working hard to keep their remarkable positive momentum.

During the visit, Minister Noonan announced that west@work was on track to hit its target of getting 200 people into work – with 130 jobseekers participating in the scheme and 42 already placed in employment since the program’s inception in late 2016.

The Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) has already placed more than 100 workers across Melbourne’s west, with nine providers sharing in more than $6 million in funding.

Minister Noonan was enthusiastic not only about the figures presented, but also about the service itself and the real human impact that it has for individuals; “This service is doing fantastic work for jobseekers by connecting them with local employers, offering work placements and giving them the career advice they need to get a start.”

Information hubs at the project partners’ established sites in Melton, Sunshine, Footscray and Werribee are helping people get the employment advice they need.

Jobs Victoria participants can engage in work experience placements that range from one-day ‘work tasters’ to full time four week placements. This allows them to build practical skills and obtain local referees to build their resumes. 

“These programs are changing lives – and it’s great to see our highly respected local agencies coming together to make a difference.”

- Minister Noonan

west@work is dedicated to continue making positive changes in people’s lives by delivering these vital services to local communities across Melbourne’s West and beyond.