Given the Chance, (GtC) is an accredited social enterprise and registered group training company specialising in supporting disadvantaged jobseekers like refugees and other priority group jobseekers who have experienced significant barriers to employment.
Over many years, GtC has supported more than 1,000 job placements with a range of partner employers wishing to embrace diversity and reach new talent pools for their business. At least 70 per cent of these jobseekers have been able to obtain sustained employment via the program.
Senior Manager, Given the Chance at BSL, Jo Tabit says “Virginia was a part of some work BSL was doing with the recently arrived Sierra Leone Community who had fled initially to Ghana and then Guinea.
“Like so many refugee participants we’ve seen since, she had so much aspiration. She was determined to make a new life, working hard to gain a qualification, which did not lead to a job,” Jo says. “In Virginia’s case with no networks or local experience, she just needed that break and ANZ gave it to her.”
The enterprise has been a foundation program for the Brotherhood of St Laurence, maintaining and building its key corporate partners to underpin BSL’s advocacy to government for better programs and policy arrangements, and growing a range of new employment models funded by the state and federal government which currently reach thousands of disadvantaged jobseekers across Victoria.
ANZ has worked in partnership with BSL to support Given the Chance for 14 years and, throughout that time, 250 people have successfully completed the program. This financial year, 22 people have been placed throughout Victoria, NSW and, most recently, Tasmania (which joined the program for the first time).
ANZ was able to train, recruit and on-board participants virtually – a COVID-19 silver lining.