City at Work provides fun pathways to employment

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) job seekers from the Whittlesea region are benefiting from a new employment program which officially launched yesterday.

City at Work is a collaboration between Melbourne City Football Club, through their charity City in the Community, and local employment providers MatchWorks and Employment Services Group (ESG).

City at Work participants and trainers at Melbourne City Football Club.

City at Work participants and trainers at Melbourne City Football Club.

The ten-week program, for CALD job seekers aged up to 30-years-old, combines intensive employability training and weekly football training sessions. The program follows on from the successful City Start, City Sisters and City Pathways programs.

Through City at Work, unemployed or under-employed people will work with Melbourne City FC staff to undertake a fun fitness program, followed by MatchWorks employability preparation training.

MatchWorks Executive Director Renae Lowry said the core aim of City at Work is to have every participant in the group gain meaningful, lasting employment.

“City at Work participants will hear from guest speakers, meet Melbourne City FC players and attend games among other activities. Participants will also link in with community services to help them break down cultural barriers, integrate with the community and gain access to important services including legal, health and financial assistance,” she said.

“Most importantly, participants will receive the support they require to transition to lasting employment.”

This initiative is funded by the Scanlon Foundation and will conclude with a graduation on May 24. A second group will begin on May 31.