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LeadWest congratulates west@work on employment success in Melbourne’s west

Mar 23, 2017


LeadWest congratulates local organisation west@work for their success in supporting people in Melbourne’s west to find and keep meaningful, long-term jobs.

West@work is a partnership between Westgate Community Initiative Group (WCIG), Djerriwarrh Employment & Education Services and Wyndham Community & Education Centre (Wyndham CEC), which specialises in supporting refugees, people with a mental illness, the long-term unemployed, and retrenched automotive workers.

The partnership was formed as part of the Victorian Government’s Jobs Victoria Employment Network, which aims to help Victorians who face significant barriers to finding and engaging in work.

Industry and Employment Minister, Wade Noonan, recently announced that west@work was well on track to meet its target of helping 200 young people into work, with 130 jobseekers participating in the scheme and 42 already placed in employment.

CEO of LeadWest, Craig Rowley, said that the west@work was a great example of western organisations combining their strengths to benefit residents of the region.

“Organisations in Melbourne’s west have a great track record of working together to address regional issues, and I congratulate the WCIG, Djerriwarrh and the Wyndham CEC for the results they are achieving through the west@work partnership.

“Melbourne’s west is home to a number of people who face barriers to employment, so we welcome the government’s support in this area. We’re pleased that the government is working with and drawing on the experience of local organisations to address this issue.”

CEO of the Whyndam CEC and LeadWest affiliate, Jennie Barrera, said that the partnership was delivering significant benefits to the community.

“We are very proud that west@work is helping residents across the region to connect with employers and enjoy the security and boost to wellbeing that comes from finding meaningful work.

“By connecting employers with people they may not have considered employing in the past, we are also helping local business to unlock new opportunities for growth."

 

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