Given the Chance is an initiative of the Brotherhood. It has been designed to assist marginalised job seekers into work, support employers to grow and diversify their workforce, and foster social benefit and inclusion in workplace communities.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a unique approach to employment, spending time with potential employees, and also employers to learn about their business and to understand the requirements of their particular workplaces.
Recognising that employers need people who have the necessary skills for the job, and are genuinely motivated to work and succeed, the Brotherhood has worked in partnership with various employers to provide recruitment and work placement opportunities, including ANZ, Woolworths, The Department of Transport and the City of Yarra.
City of Yarra Engineering Operations Manager
"The benefits really are two way. The program has helped the council fill vacancies within its ageing workforce and improve street cleaning, litter collection and graffiti-removal services."
Activists' long haul to cafe dreams coming true, The Age, 21 June 2015
Read about the opening of North Richmond cafe Long Street Coffee, a social enterprise employing refugees referred by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Brotherhood of St Laurence.
‘Very loyal’ productive workers: the same people we fear as refugees, The Conversation, 19 June 2015
It's been two years since the Given the Chance program that assists asylum seekers and refugees with work rights into paid work was launched. Here, Andrea Carson explains how the program has exceeded its targets.
'It is life changing.' Hear from Eski who secured a permanent job with ANZ through our Given The Chance program.