Worktrainers provides employment programs to hundreds of people in rural and regional areas of Australia each year. These programs are tailored to the needs of people from a range of backgrounds and circumstances who are finding it hard to break into the employment market, but have a desire to engage with paid work or volunteering.
Through our range of industry partners we are able to deliver the various programs below targeted to some of the key factors that affect peoples ability to find and maintain work on their own.
Helping regional Australians with disabilities find and engage in award-wage work.
If you are looking to start a part time job or maybe increasing the hours you currently work Worktrainers staff are here to help make it happen.
As an experienced provider of the Federal Government’s Disability Employment Services Contract we are well equipped to assist local people with a range of disabilities or health conditions into award wage work. The strong local connections that we have built up over the past two decades mean that we can often open employment doors that you may not have considered.
Worktrainers provide employment services under this contract at the following locations:
Albury, Benalla, Bendigo, Heathcote, Seymour, Wangaratta and Wodonga.
Our Employment Consultants work with people with a wide range of diagnosed physical, sensory, psychiatric or intellectual disabilities or conditions, however to confirm your eligibility you will need to arrange an appointment with us. If you are still at school and keen to find a part-time job or considering leaving to find work, get Worktrainers on the job to ensure you get the best possible start to your working life.
Once you are registered with us, we will start working on getting you work ready!
- We will put together a plan detailing how we will work with you to find a suitable job
- We will help you write your resume or update you existing one
- We will start working towards improving your work skills
- We will work out the type of work that you will most likely enjoy that also best matches your experience and skills
- Then we will start to apply to relevant vacancies, as well as market you to appropriate local employers
- Once you start working, we will continue to support you until you decide you no longer need us
Geared 4 Careers
Inspiring regional secondary school students to stay in school and realise their full career potential
Geared 4 Careers provides support to students in the Bendigo, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla and Goulburn Valley areas.
Since its inception in early 2011, Geared 4 Careers has achieved extremely positive results. This program was initially fully funded by Worktrainers, however funds were secured in RE Ross Trust in 2014 and the William Buckland Foundation in 2016 which has enabled the program to double its capacity in the Goulburn Valley area.
Geared 4 Careers is modeled from the successful Ganbina program for indigenous youth in the Goulburn Valley and works with local students to:
- Address barriers that may be preventing them from completing secondary school
- Educate them about the benefits of completing their secondary education
- Engage them in the concept of continued lifelong learning
- Assist them to identifying appropriate career opportunities
- Assist them to secure local part time employment
Whilst participating in the Geared 4 Career program students work towards overcoming a range of issues that may be affecting their ability to achieve their full potential at school and in the work force, including:
- Financial limitations restricting their ability to purchase necessary school resources
- Poor literacy and numeracy levels hindering their ability to complete school work to an acceptable level
- Low self- esteem and lack of confidence in abilities
- Limited employability skills, and
- Lack of transportation
Any welfare based issues that are identified during their time with Worktrainers are referred directly to an appropriate external service.
Geared 4 Careers aims to create an environment where students feel connected with their individual schools and ensure that they have access to every opportunity available to them.
Worktrainers understands that one size does not fit all and as such, Geared 4 Careers parameters are flexible to meet the needs of each individual participant. The program works to complement, not duplicate each school’s current services and curriculum.
Enabling regional people with a diagnosed mental illness to re-engage with the workforce
Worktrainers have partnered with Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health Service in Shepparton since 2007 to bring the MiWork program to the Goulburn Valley. In 2012 this program was expanded to include Seymour through collaboration with the Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health Service and the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria.
MiWork is designed to assist people with a diagnosed mental illness into employment. Our participants initially enter the program whilst in the care of case managers at Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health Service (GVAMHS), after they identify the desire to enter employment. Worktrainers acts as the employment specialist, while GVAMHS remains the health care provider. Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria (MIFV) supports both organisations in Seymour in kind and through assistance in reporting and data capturing.
Through the MiWork program Worktrainers aims to improve the participation levels of people who suffer from severe forms of Mental Illness.
Through Mi Work, Worktrainers aims to have 70% of participants actively involved in employment, education or volunteering within 12 months of joining the program.
“Our clients sometimes identify that education and volunteering are their initial goal, so we support clients to achieve their desired outcomes, rather than moving them straight into employment.” – Craig Marshall CEO