In partnership with Tennis Australia, JobsBank placed 14 young people from across Victoria into hospitality and customer service roles for the Australian Open.
Working at a huge international event like the Australian Open is an opportunity for young people who have faced barriers to getting a job to learn from the best, grow their skills and add a unique high-profile job to their CV.
Creating opportunities like this provides jobseekers with potentially life-changing employment experience and gives businesses a competitive edge.
Meet Rahma, Julio and Jamie
Out for Good
In partnership with major businesses, JobsBank has worked to secure employment for young people across the State. We have also provided employers with the tools they need to support young people entering the workforce.
Out for Good is our first demonstration project. It is focused on improving employment outcomes for young Victorians who face significant and complex barriers to participating in our economy.
Out for Good brings together experienced partners, who are all committed to creating lasting employment opportunities for 50 young people in contact with the justice system.
This exciting venture realises the real-life benefits of the Victorian Government’s Social Procurement Framework - demonstrating how more Victorians can benefit from Government’s record investment in infrastructure and essential services.
This project is now under evaluation and updates on the future of the program will be provided when available.
“I’m originally from Somalia, and came to Australia as a refugee when I was 13. I didn’t speak English when I arrived.
I studied HR management at LaTrobe University, and graduated with a high distinction in December. While at LaTrobe, I was part of the Excellence Program, and through that I was chosen to represent the university with Humanitarian Affairs at the Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders in Bangkok, in 2018.
I have personal experience of struggling to find work, like many in the Somali community. Diverse workplaces are so important and I am happy that Tennis Australia is working to become a leading inclusive employer.
I’m so excited to be part of the Australian Open – it’s a dream come true! I’ve never been before, so it’ll be amazing to be part of it."
"I’ve always been the talkative type – people open up to me. In doing youth work, I’d like to use that to my advantage to help people.
At the moment, I just need work. I want to go back to Chile, my family’s home country, and I need to save up for that. But it’s been hard to find work given that I am not really sure what I want to do. I’ve been looking for retail work but as I don’t have much of a background in retail it’s been hard.
I have references, but I’m up against people who started working in high school.
I like to talk and I like to work with my hands – so it’s hard to pinpoint what I want to do for the rest of my life.
It’ll be exciting to work in such a big event – I like the face to face element, and it’ll be an experience I can take with me when looking for more work afterwards."
“My family is from Allambee South in Gippsland, where my dad ran a dahlia farm, and I’ve just come back from a year working in Japan as a waiter.
I would like to go to university to study finance, with the goal of working in financial crime prevention later on. I hoped that my work in an international hotel would help me in finding a job here in the meantime, and I thought that being bilingual might help, too.
But it’s so competitive – I got statistics from Seek saying that 100 people went for the last job I applied for. In Australia, they look for your Australian experience before anything else.
Tennis Australia is a big, international organisation, so I am looking forward to working with and meeting people from all over the world. I hope the experience is going to help me get my foot in the door in Australian employment.”