Karingal CEO Mike McKinstry with Karingal and St Laurence clients at the Melbourne City game.

Clients and carers soak up soccer experience

More than 90 Karingal and St Laurence clients and carers travelled to Melbourne’s AAMI Park on Saturday December 1 to see Melbourne City Football Club’s clash against Brisbane Roar. MatchWorks organised tickets and transport for clients and carers from Geelong, Warrnambool, Colac, Wyndham, Frankston and Rosebud, while Geelong’s All Abilities soccer team was one of… Read more »

Indigenous job seekers from the Mount Druitt, NSW region with Employment Services Group and MatchWorks team members.

Indigenous employment program heads to New South Wales

Local employment service provider Employment Services Group (ESG), with support from MatchWorks, launched the successful Deadly Yakka program in Mount Druitt today for Indigenous job seekers in the region. The initiative, specifically designed for Indigenous job seekers, focuses on real employment outcomes and assists people to find a job they will be passionate about. The… Read more »

MatchWorks Adelaide job seeker Leanne.

Adelaide job seeker overcomes obstacles to find employment

Health and personal difficulties were holding Adelaide job seeker Leanne back from performing well in her current employment. But Leanne wanted to turn that around, so she came to MatchWorks Oaklands Park as a voluntary job seeker in October 2015. She was previously working in a hospitality role until 2013, before being diagnosed with a… Read more »

Five Stars

MatchWorks jobactive sites achieve outstanding results

20 FEBRUARY 2017 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. Several MatchWorks sites also received… Read more »

The new purpose built Matchworks Bacchus Marsh office.

MatchWorks opens new Bacchus Marsh office

20 FEBRUARY 2017 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 and¬†education organisations, Department of Social Services representatives, MatchWorks staff and many others. The evening began with a ‘Welcome to Country’ from Joanne Layton…. Read more »

Geelong teenager Lachlan King has turned his life around after starting a painting apprenticeship.

Painting provides pathway to employment for MatchWorks job seeker

Geelong teenager Lachlan King has picked up a paintbrush, started an apprenticeship and transformed his life with help from local employment service provider MatchWorks. Lachlan, 19, is seven months into a four-year painting apprenticeship and said his life is moving forward after moving out of home and renting a house in Belmont. When he was… Read more »

WfD participants with MatchWorks, Envision and Scouts Victoria team members.

MatchWorks job seekers build and donate community train

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… Read more »

MatchWorks job seeker Gayle at Karingal Training.

Geelong job seeker overcomes personal difficulties to teach others

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… Read more »

MatchWorks job seeker Jason in his new workplace.

Program assists MatchWorks job seeker to improve his life

Jason is one of 18 job seekers who entered the City Pathways program looking to find employment and improve his life. The program is an initiative between Melbourne City Football Club (MCFC) and MatchWorks, which encourages job seekers to link wellness with finding employment. Participants engaged in a weekly low-key activity to ease them into… Read more »

Program participants with Sarah Henderson and MatchWorks team members.

Sole parents supported in new MatchWorks employment program

A new MatchWorks employment program began today, which is aimed at sole parents returning to work who live in the Corio area. MatchWorks Executive Director Renae Lowry said the 17-week Principal Carer Parent Program will provide entry level work skills to the participants, including job search assistance and employability skills. “The program participants will also… Read more »