MatchWorks jobactive sites in Victoria, South Australia and
Queensland have received their performance results for the end of
the December 2016 Star Rating period. Five MatchWorks employment
regions received the maximum five star rating, including: South
Eastern Melbourne and Peninsula, Western Melbourne, Barwon, Bendigo
and Adelaide South.
The new MatchWorks Bacchus Marsh office is in full swing
following its official opening last week. The opening event, on
Thursday February 16, was attended by local employers, training
& education organisations, Department of Social Services
representatives, MatchWorks staff and many others.
MatchWorks job seeker Fotini had been out of work for more than
10 years but wanted a better future for herself and her children.
The single mother-of-two did not have a car or licence, and also
suffered from a medical condition that caused her to experience
severe episodes of pain.
Mental health had affected job seeker Gayle's ability to stay in
her employment as a nurse and midwife - an industry that she had
worked in for 30 years. Gayle experienced several family tragedies
that caused severe depression and an inability to perform her
normal caring duties. As a result she faced unemployment for more
than two years - but she wanted to turn her life around and have
MatchWorks Work for the Dole (WfD) job seekers and supervisors
unveiled and donated their Tom the Train project at a celebratory
event in Seaford. Twenty Work for the Dole participants worked on
the six-month project at Envision Employment Services by stripping
down an old car, restoring the engine, brakes and gear box and
building a train body and four carriages. The train was donated to
The Geelong community celebrated the achievements of an
outstanding group of people at last night's Geelong Awards for
People with a Disability.
Anxiety had affected MatchWorks job seeker John's ability to
search for employment, and a lack of a driver's licence made the
task of finding a job even harder. John came to MatchWorks Corio
while receiving treatment for anxiety and another medical
condition. He had also been out of employment for several years but
wanted to turn his life around.
An intrepid group of golf enthusiasts have again successfully
taken on the extreme challenge of completing 100 holes of golf in
one day, all in the name of raising much-needed funds to support
programs for people living with an acquired brain injury.
Geelong job seeker Mason presented to MatchWorks Geelong
looking for independence and felt this would be found through
employment. The 20-year-old, who was diagnosed with
Asperger's syndrome, had recently completed a Certificate IV in
Accounting at the Gordon TAFE to increase his employability. He had
also been volunteering with Springdale Neighbourhood Centre in