Sporting passion helps Ibby live his dream

Meet Ibby, who has a passion for sport, an infectious smile and engaging personality. Born with Cerebral Palsy and living with a visual impairment, Ibby had found it challenging to find ongoing employment with a supportive employer. Yet the 26-year-old Greensborough job seeker was determined not to let experiences of bullying and discrimination get in… Read more »

Fitting job providing Joanne newfound self-confidence

Joanne Steptoe’s life has changed significantly since approaching MatchWorks just over 12 months ago. The Redcliffe mother had found it difficult to find work to fit around her circumstances. Joanne lives with a number of health challenges and is also the primary carer for her special needs child and mother. Determined to work, Joanne reached… Read more »

Geelong employee a finalist for national award

Geelong’s Jessie Abrahams has faced significant challenges in her life, which may have stopped other people in their tracks. The Indigenous mother of three was in a car accident when she was seven years old which left her with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). The injury led to years of treatment including neurosurgery and rehabilitation,… Read more »

Cats Match helps Geelong job seekers kick employment goals

MatchWorks and the Geelong Cats have again partnered to deliver a groundbreaking employment, health and wellbeing program targeted at Geelong youth. Sixty young job seekers have participated in the successful Cats Match program over the past three years. MatchWorks Executive General Manager Renae Lowry said the program has achieved outstanding results with 80 per cent… Read more »

A love of the land leads Margaret to brighter future

  Meet Margaret, a remarkable Indigenous woman who has shown incredible strength and spirit in her journey to overcome long-term unemployment. Margaret hadn’t worked for 17 years when she came to MatchWorks. She was living with depression and a strong bond to her three children were big hurdles for the Bendigo job seeker to manage…. Read more »

South Australian employer providing a Swell opportunity

The decision for Swell Brewing Co. to partner with MatchWorks was simple. The South Australian brewery wanted to open its doors to provide a positive and professional environment for someone looking to develop workplace skills. With the help of the MatchWorks team, Disability Employment Services job seeker Sam was given two weeks of work experience… Read more »

Robyn thriving in full-time job

When Robyn Deane approached MatchWorks Melton in 2017 she was low in confidence following a negative experience at a previous workplace. The prospect of finding another job was daunting, but with the encouragement and support of the MatchWorks team, Robyn became job-ready and found employment at Pickles Auctions last year. Since working at Pickles Auctions,… Read more »

Briannah with her employer, Kylie Burford from Spiders Boxing Club.

Briannah finds new hope and purpose with the right job

Brisbane job seeker Briannah Cleghorn came to MatchWorks with multiple barriers to employment. Living with depression and anxiety, the 20-year-old was low in confidence and struggled to leave home most days. Briannah then tapped into support services to aid her recovery. She also reached out to her local MatchWorks to connect her with the right… Read more »

Indigenous employment program launches in Ballarat

MatchWorks launched the highly successful Deadly Yakka program in Ballarat yesterday to help ten young Indigenous job seekers from the region find the right job. It was a great honour to have proud Wadawurrung woman, Macaylah Johnson conduct a traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony at the launch held at Ballarat Community Health. MatchWorks… Read more »

Transgender advocate, Michelle Sheppard with MatchWorks consultant, Wolfgang Web

Empowering transgender job seekers into the workforce

MatchWorks has teamed up with Fitted for Work to develop tailored employment support for transgender job seekers in Western Melbourne. Transgender people face many barriers to employment. Low confidence and recognition of prior employment or qualifications due to name or gender changes are some of the challenges faced. The small-group sessions chaired by advocate and… Read more »