Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) programs

Scoring goals on and off the field with MatchWorks’ Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) programs.

MatchWorks in partnership with Melbourne City Football Club launched the City Start program in February 2016 to put young men from various cultural backgrounds on the front foot.

The six-week program helped job seekers aged up to 30 years including new arrivals to Australia by using the ‘world game’ of soccer as the base to promote social inclusion and integration across cultures.

City Start mixed intensive job search training and community migrant support with weekly football training sessions. It included attending a Melbourne City match at AAMI Stadium.

Training covered:

  • attitudes and behaviours
  • cultural differences in the workplace
  • barriers to employment and common concerns
  • advice on pay slips, tax and superannuation
  • increased self-awareness and transferable skills
  • employer expectations and job retention
  • interview techniques and a mock interview
  • links with Language, Literacy and Numeracy programs.

A genuine community collaboration

MatchWorks and Melbourne City FC delivered City Start with the help of community providers including:

  • Whittlesea Community Connections
  • Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre
  • Centrelink
  • Reservoir Neighbourhood House.

The program boosted participants’ confidence and gave them a sound understanding of employer work expectations in Australia.