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04 Jul 2007

Unemployment might be dropping, but for 15 people in Victoria, some with high formal qualifications from overseas, finding suitable employment has continued to be a problem.

To enhance employment opportunities for these people, both male and female and aged from 18 years to those in their 50s and from ethnically diverse backgrounds, the Public Records Office Victoria (PROV) initiated a training program with Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) as part of the Victorian Government's Workforce Participation Partnership.

The program, delivered by NMIT's Business Enterprise Centre, provided 20 weeks of training both on and off-the-job in Certificate II in Business covering modules of study such as record-keeping competencies, communication skills, customer service and IT skills in Word and Excel.

The training included one day in the classroom on site at the PROV's North Melbourne office and four days work experience in various departments of the office on a rotational basis.

Unemployed participants were referred by Centrelink, Job Network agencies and through advertisements as people at risk of being long-term unemployed and/or deemed to be disadvantaged.

NMIT Short Courses & Industry Program Manager Clare O'Neill said more than 50 per cent of participants had been offered permanent and part-time employment with PROV and others had been assisted into employment in the private sector.

'The program was designed to provide sustainable employment outcomes for those people facing significant barriers to employment opportunities,' she added.


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