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Closing the Gap-Finding Solutions

Being unemployed is a situation many people experience at some time in their working lives. But for young Victorians the unemployment rate is higher than average. And for young African Victorians the rates are significantly higher again.

Fitted for Work in partnership with African Family Services will engage women from the African-Australian community who face barriers to employment and coach them to be leaders and mentors in their own communities.

“The Closing the Gap-Finding Solutions program will provide targeted support to help women experiencing disadvantage from the African-Australian community secure sustainable employment. Participation in the WomanKind Essential Series Workshops, Mentor support and practical assistance will help build capacity of participants to become aware, knowledgeable and proactive change agents within their own communities.”

– Merredith Murphy, Manager National Programs, Fitted for Work

Organisation: Fitted for Work
Sub-Fund: Essie Burbridge
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2018/19


In a two-part program, African-Australian women will identify the skills they already have to develop leadership and mentoring skills. They will then hold a WomanKind Essential Series workshop for 30 African-Australian job-seeking women and provide practical support, mentoring and coaching in job readiness.

Fitted for Work believes the program will trigger ongoing conversations through the networks created in the skills workshops. The women’s leadership and practical skills will encourage confidence, advocacy and agency in their communities leading to an understanding of and increased participation in the Australian workplace.

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