Given the Chance is an employment initiative of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. It is 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.
Unlike other recruitment agencies, the Brotherhood of St Laurence provides training and targeted placements – coupled with ongoing field support – to maximise the benefits and outcomes for all participants in the program.
The key to our success is a four-component model:
We provide job preparation training to each participant tailored to the specific group we are working with. The training includes modules such as workplace culture, employability skills, rights and responsibilities and practice interviews.
The employer training workshop helps prepare managers and teams with skills to assist in the integration of candidates into the workplace. It provides practical tools and information to help ensure a positive work experience for both parties.
Each employee under a work placement model is appointed a Field Officer to help navigate the transition to work. The role of the Field Officer is to provide ongoing advice and support to the manager and the candidate on an individual basis as required.
At the end of the placement the Field Officer will help participants navigate the next steps. This may involve assisting them into a permanent role at the company or looking for new work and study opportunities.
"The program has been really successful for ANZ. With candidates we have lower rates of absenteeism, they’re absolutely loyal and dedicated. We’ve had a great relationship with the Brotherhood, which is why we continue to work with the program and leverage the skills that the Brotherhood brings"