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Employment Programs 


(Future Connect)

Future Connect is a not-for-profit organisation that creates opportunities that lead to improving education, training and employment pathways for young people in Brimbank and Melton. We prioritise empowerment participation and voice for young people experiencing disadvantage.

Watch this video from Future Connect that was co-designed by neurodiverse young people for tips and tricks for resume writing. 


AAMEYS, Suite 108, 144-148 Nicholson St, Footscray.
9042 1604

African Australian Multicultural Employment & Youth Services Provides services to young African Australians including: Employment, Mental Health, Social Isolation, Education Pathways, Support to manage racism, risky behaviours leading to contact with the Youth Justice System and other supports to guide successful pathways.
(For young African Australians)

iEmpower – Roads to Work Initiative

67 Stubbs Street Kensington VIC 3031
1300 997 198

I Empower provides employment and counselling services to at risk young people young people and work closely with employers to find job opportunities and help young people looking for work prepare for these jobs. The program connects jobseekers with the opportunities they need to gain employment, as well as supporting them in sustaining employment. This is a Jobs For Victoria (JVEN) funded initiative. The Roads to Work initiative is aimed at assisting highly disadvantaged unemployed youth. The projects are aimed at assisting those who are locked out from the labour market because of their vocational and non-vocational barriers to employment. Employment Coaches and Marketing Consultants at iEmpower and our partners (Holmesglen & Lend-AHand) will support eligible job seekers to develop employability skills to gain and maintain meaningful employment. iEmpower services support people facing barriers to employment, including people who are:
From culturally diverse backgrounds, long-term unemployed, homeless or at risk of homelessness, single parents, youth justice clients, social housing residents, young people in and out of home care, low-income earners, people with disability, people with mental illness, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Youth Projects

City Office 7-9 Hosier Lane Melbourne 3000
9945 2100

Youth Projects offers support and employment opportunities to at risk young people looking to re-engage with learning, and provides health care and assistance to members of our community experiencing homelessness and disadvantage. Some programs that Youth Projects offer include, harm and outreach service, employment and training, health and life skills and more. 

Melbourne City Mission Hester Hornbrook Academy

Melbourne City Mission is a large organisation that provides supports to young people in many ways. MCM has an education program called the Hester Hornbrook Academy. Providing flexible, community-based learning opportunities across Melbourne. With the support of an Educator and a Youth Worker in every classroom, Hester Hornbrook aims to reconnect disengaged young people through a combination of learning and wellbeing support. The curriculum is flexible and tailored to each individual’s interests and goals. The practical education programs are project-based and connected to real world employment skills.

For 15 – 25 year old's who are experiencing significant disadvantage. - caterers for young mums - Those experiencing homelessness.


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Youth Employment Scheme (YES)

For more information about YES, contact Employment Programs at
1300 208 575

The Youth Employment Scheme is a one-year paid traineeship in the Victorian Public Service, where you will be working in Victorian government departments and agencies, supported by mentors and building skills for an ongoing career. A YES traineeship will give you:
• real experience in a real job
• valuable new skills
• inspiring mentors
• confidence to find your career path Who can apply for a YES traineeship?
People who:
• are between 15–24 years old at the start of the traineeship
• are unemployed or not working more than 15 hours per week (you do not have to be registered with a jobactive provider or be on Centrelink support)
• are not currently undertaking tertiary education (for example a university degree) • have not attained a post-school qualification (excluding certificate level 1-4 courses)

Brotherhood of St Laurence – Carlton Work and Learning Program

For general information on JVEN contact: 1300 208 575 Whitelion, 155 Roden Street, West Melbourne. Ph. 03 8354 0800

The Brotherhood of St Laurence via the Carlton Work and Learning program deliver an employment focusing on services to public housing residents. Residents, including young people from humanitarian refugee backgrounds receive personalised, tailored supports to prepare them for local jobs. This includes resume and interview preparation and on-going support. Young people also receive referrals for training and range of other supports as needed. This is a Jobs For Victoria (JVEN) funded initiative.

White Lion Youth Employment Programs

Carlton Work and Learning program - Carlton Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St, Carlton

Whitelion deliver a Youth focused JVEN program in North and West Melbourne and the Jobs For Victoria (JVEN) The Whitelion Employment Program offers an employment placement and support service for highly marginalised youth jobseekers. Young people referred to the program are provided with a vocational assessment on referral, followed by extensive pre-employment training and mentoring to develop employment skills and aspirations. The program currently works with approximately 35 businesses in key areas of administration, hospitality, trade/outdoors, construction, transport and logistics. Taking into account the needs of the young person and the organisation, a match is made that will offer exposure to the business and good opportunities for learning under the guidance of a workplace buddy.

Young people must be referred
to the program and are highly
marginalised job seekers.

Transition to Work Program

Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC), 71 Palmerston St, South Melbourne Phone. 9686 235

Partnership between the Jesuit Social Services,Taskforce and the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster Funded by the Federal Government, the Transition to work program… (as per the original) the partnership formed by 3 organisations delivers the Strive Program for young people aged 15- 21 years who have left school who can receive a range of interventions aimed at preparing young people for on-going employment and placement into work. The program has a strong focus on helping young people to understand what is expected in the workplace and to develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours expected by employers.


Job Active Program

Local providers are: AMES, 255 William St, Melbourne Contact Name: Esmeralda Elnazak Phone: 03 9474 7100 Email:

For people receiving Youth Allowance or an unemployment benefit from Centrelink, this federal government program provides jobseekers with employment preparation services and matches to potential jobs. Direct Recruitment Pty Ltd, 8/190 Queen St, Melbourne. Tel: 03 8636 8400 Contact Name: Jessica Bartlett Email: Max Solutions, Level 3, 470 Collins St, Melbourne, 3000. Ph. 1800 625 350 Contact Name: Julie Penney Email: SYC Ltd – Job Prospects, Level 2, Suite 3, 120 Clarendon St, Southbank. Ph. 9690 1969 Contact Name: Maria Nicholas Email:

National Work Experience Program

Refer to Job Active providers delivering services in the City of Melbourne

The National Work Experience Program is part of the Federal Government’s Jobactive initiative. It provides work experience placements for job ready job seekers in real life work experience placements where they can gain skills, experience and confidence to move from welfare to work while giving back to their community. Placements are unpaid for up to 25 hours per week and is a great way to gain valuable skills and new referees and can sometimes lead to paid employment.

Job Access Program

Young people with disabilities who are looking for work.

The Job Access Program is a federal government initiative supporting people with disabilities looking for work.

Disability Employment Services (DES)

Young people with disabilities who are looking for work.

DES providers help young people with a disability find work as well providing service to people with a job intervention to help them keep the job. These services include: job interview skills, to disclose or not, on going placement support, reverse marketing to find an employer that matches your skills and interests, modifications of the workplace and ongoing post placement job support.

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