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New Youth Employment Consortium to get 5,000 unemployed youth into work

Jobfind is proud to announce the creation of a new Youth Employment Consortium, pledging to get 5,000 unemployed young people into jobs.

Jobfind has been the force behind the creation of a new consortium of high-profile employers, educators and not-for-profits pledging to join together to defeat youth unemployment. On International Youth Day it is important to recognise that if you are an Australian under 25 you are more than twice as likely to be unemployed [1]. Being unemployed when you are young has serious consequences for long term wages, health, social exclusion and even for the next generation [2].  

The combined expertise of Jobfind’s Youth Employment Consortium will deliver training, support, apprenticeships, and real job opportunities to young unemployed Australians. Our partners are proactive organisations that are willing to take ownership of the problem and work collaboratively to find solutions. We are pleased to announce our partners include:

Australian Retailers Association, Angus Knight Institute, Future Minds Network, Ladder, MAS National, MEGT, Mission Engage, Programmed, Real Futures, Squad, TAFE Directors Australia, WPC Group, Youth Development Foundation and Youth Junction Inc.

AngusKnight CEO, Cameron Judson said “Youth unemployment is Australia’s most serious social and economic challenge and Jobfind’s Youth Employment Consortium aims to deliver real change by combining the forces of many different businesses to focus on the issue of youth engagement, skills and employment. As a business, our strength has been built on the exponential power of the partnerships we build with experts in their field. With Jobfind CEO, Karena Newland, I am really excited about how we together deliver real hope, skills and employment outcomes for young people” 

Australian Retailers Association CEO Paul Zahra said “The retail industry employs more than 1.2 million people which accounts for 10 per cent of the entire Australian workforce. We employ more young people than most other industries, providing most Australians with their first employment experience. COVID-19 and the associated lockdowns have impacted young workers particularly hard so we applaud this new initiative which will help get more young Australians back into jobs.”

Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, The Hon Luke Howarth said “I am heartened to see grass roots initiatives like Jobfind’s Youth Employment Consortium tackling youth unemployment. I hope to see you reaching the goal of 5,000 young unemployed into work.”

2021 Young Australian of the Year Finalist and CEO of Future Minds Network, Nathaniel Diong joins Jobfind’s Youth Employment Consortium as our first Youth Ambassador to work in concert with our consortium partners to improve opportunities and collaboration in addressing youth employment and skills training issues.

Jobfind Youth Employment Consortium Ambassador Nathaniel Diong comments: “85% of the jobs young people will work at in 2030 don’t even exist yet. Above all, we need to equip young people with the skills to adapt to uncertainty – and we can do that through entrepreneurship education. We’re excited to be working with Jobfind and the consortium to tackle youth unemployment head-on for young people across Australia.” Jobfind is a member of the Angus Knight Group.

[1] June 2021 ABS figures show general unemployment at 4.9% and youth unemployment at 10.2%

[2] Morz and Savage (2006) show that a six-month unemployment period at the age of 22 leads to lower hourly wages of about 8% at the age of 23. See also Bacher et al., 2016; Bartley, 1994; Kuhn et al., 2009; McKee-Ryan et al., 2005; Schaufeli, 1997

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Solving Australia’s post-COVID skills gap and jobs challenge

Jobfind, TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) and Programmed have joined forces to develop an innovative new way to Engage, Educate and Employ Australians.

For the first time, a national partnership of the TAFE network peak body, an employment services provider, public education and training providers, and one of the largest national employers will collaborate in a structured way to provide job seekers with a skills and jobs pathway, to a career.

A key finding of a study Jobfind commissioned from McCrindle Research in Oct 2020 on ‘Changing Times, Emerging Trends’ highlighted that the jobs created after COVID-19 pandemic will mean many job seekers will need to reskill or upskill, and young people will require support to meet their needs and aspirations.

This new initiative will find and prepare unemployed Australians and reskill and upskill them before placing them into jobs. This will create a much-needed pipeline of job-ready workers, enhancing linkages between employment services; the TAFE education and skills training national network; and national level employers.

Craig Robertson, Chief Executive Officer at TDA, said

“We are incredibly proud of the work TAFEs do collectively as a national network. We are very pleased to be able to link TAFEs with key stakeholders and with industry to develop programs to benefit Australians and employers of Australians. Programs that are in Australia’s national interest. TDA and its member TAFEs are really excited about the opportunities and potential this new partnership offers our students and our industry partners.”

How it works


Engage: Our 20,000 job seekers and all TAFE students are all welcome to participate in the initiative. Candidates will be identified, assessed, and screened based on the skills and attributes required by Programmed and candidates’ career goals. Job seekers assessed as not quite ready, will be referred for basic employability skills training and other interventions (for example, literacy training, digital literacy or health services) before participating.

Educate: Jobfind and Programmed will work with individual TAFEs to identify locally in-demand skills, skills mismatches, and future job opportunities, beginning with a pilot in Victoria. Skilling ‘packages’ will be run by TAFEs to fill Programmed’s jobs. These will range from bespoke short courses focussing on specific skills or micro-credentials, to longer-term accredited training. Free TAFE courses will be accessed and, where appropriate, training costs will be paid from the Australian Government’s Employment Fund. Where sufficiently suitable participants cannot be found Jobfind will help to source participants from other providers.

Employ: Job seekers who successfully complete training will get preferential consideration by Programmed on offers. Additional training once in work, and post placement will be provided by Jobfind.
This may include referrals to allied health professionals as required.

ABOUT JOBFIND
Jobfind was established in 1998 and is a leading provider of employment, recruitment and post-employment services having placed and supported more than half a million Australians. Nationwide, with significant ties to Melbourne from the North of the City to the Mornington Peninsula, we are proud of 4 and 5-star ratings and our commitment to jobactive, DES and Parents Next customers.

At Jobfind, we deliver life changing opportunities for individuals and committed workers for employers. Our highly dedicated staff and exceptional service motto reflects our commitment to quality for more than 20 years, two decades of experience helping the hardest to help back into work. Jobfind is proudly part of the Angus Knight Group.

ABOUT ANGUSKNIGHT
Now in its 30th year, AngusKnight Pty Ltd (AK) develops individuals, communities, and organisations via employment, training and workforce solutions. Servicing diverse markets within the Government, corporate, indigenous and community sectors, AK combines customer-focused insights with productivity prowess to empower clients to meet their full potential – be it personal, commercial or philanthropic. Operating in over 200 locations in Australia and the UK, AK has helped more than 1 million people into work. AngusKnight is 100% Australian-owned and our partnership business model is unique and focuses on collaborations with national and local organisations (mainly not-for-profits). AK is the holding company of 13 businesses which employ directly, and through our partnerships more than 700 people to deliver services in Australia and the UK.

ABOUT PROGRAMMED
Programmed is a leading provider of Staffing, Maintenance and Care services across Australia and New Zealand, one of Australia’s top thirty companies by revenue, and a top ten private employer. Our business model is built around our ability to recruit, deploy, manage and maintain a large, directly employed workforce of professional, skilled and semi-skilled staff with a wide range of capabilities from our 100+ branches across metropolitan and regional areas throughout ANZ. Our 30,000+ team members serve more than 10,000 customers every day. Our customers cover all sectors including education, health, infrastructure, manufacturing, utilities, transport and mining.

ABOUT TAFE DIRECTORS AUSTRALIA
TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) is the peak national body representing Australia’s national network of publicly owned Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes and university TAFE divisions. TDA’s core business is to support TAFEs in meeting Australia’s need for increased productivity, participation, and workforce knowledge and skills. TDA does this, in part, by working with its corporate affiliates such as the Angus Knight Group.

TAFEs also have an important role in meeting community obligations, particularly across regional, rural and remote Australia. TAFEs are committed to creating equal opportunity for all Australians to access the benefits from Australia’s economic prosperity, and to enhance social participation and inclusion, irrespective of students’ background, education and training aspirations, or career ambitions.

TAFEs are comprehensive educators and trainers, from VET in Schools through to higher education post-graduate qualifications. Of the 28 TDA members, ten TAFEs offer VET and Higher Education qualifications while a further six members are TAFE divisions of dual sector universities. Most Australian states have adopted a one-TAFE model for their state, apart from Victoria and Western Australia that have multiple TAFE institutes.

Jobfind acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders both past and present.

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Unparalleled new partnership to help 20,000+ Australians into work

Jobfind, one of Australia’s highest performing jobactive employment organisations, is proud to announce a new partnership with Australia’s leading staffing, maintenance and care services provider, Programmed who employ around 30,000 people each day.  

 
The new partnership will deliver real job opportunities to unemployed Australians. It will empower job seekers and assist them on a career pathway across a wide range of industries, as well as help employers to fill their vacancies with appropriately trained and selected employees.  

CEO of Angus Knight Group (which owns Jobfind), Cameron Judson said,

“Programmed are one of our nation’s largest and leading employers, successfully employing tens of thousands of people each week. They strive to put people first, with a focus on safety, training, developing skills and supporting communities. We work with thousands of job seekers from diverse backgrounds, looking to find meaningful work, changing their lives forever. By combining forces and providing linked-up services, we are empowering more Australians into great jobs.”  

Programmed’s Staffing and Training CEO Nic Fairbank said, 

“Bringing together the experience of Jobfind with Programmed’s leading staffing and training services across Australia will mean more employment pathways will be available to more people to help them create meaningful employment and careers for life. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Jobfind to help jobactive participants succeed in work and in life.”  

This new partnership complements Jobfind’s existing relationship with over 800 employers across its jobactive program. 

ABOUT PROGRAMMED  

Programmed is a leading provider of Staffing, Maintenance and Care services across Australia and New Zealand, one of Australia’s top thirty companies by revenue, and a top ten private employer. Our business model is built around our ability to recruit, deploy, manage and maintain a large, directly employed workforce of professional, skilled and semi-skilled staff with a wide range of capabilities from our 100+ branches across metropolitan and regional areas throughout ANZ. Our 30,000+ team members serve more than 10,000 customers every day. Our customers cover all sectors including education, health, infrastructure, manufacturing, utilities, transport and mining. 

Founded locally in 1951 and now owned by Japanese company Persol, Programmed has grown over the past 70 years organically and through extensive acquisitions. 

  

ABOUT JOBFIND  

Jobfind was established in 1998 and is a leading provider of employment, recruitment and post-employment services having placed and supported more than half a million Australians. Nationwide, with significant ties to Melbourne from the North of the City to the Mornington Peninsula, we are proud of 4 and 5-star ratings and our commitment to jobactive, DES and Parents Next customers.   

At Jobfind, we deliver life changing opportunities for individuals and committed workers for employers. Our highly dedicated staff and exceptional service motto reflects our commitment to quality for more than 20 years, two decades of experience helping the hardest to help back into work. Jobfind is proudly part of the Angus Knight Group.   

  

ABOUT THE ANGUS KNIGHT GROUP  

Now in its 30th year, the Angus Knight Group develops individuals, communities, and organisations via employment, training and workforce solutions.  Servicing diverse markets within the Government, corporate, indigenous and community sectors, Angus Knight combines customer-focused insights with productivity prowess to empower clients to meet their full potential – be it personal, commercial or philanthropic. Operating in over 200 locations in Australia and the UK, Angus Knight has helped more than 1 million people in work. We are 100% Australian owned and our 15 companies employ more than 700 people to deliver services in Australia and the UK. 

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Jobs 22 secures major DWP contract to deliver Restart employability programme in East Central England

Programme aims to secure 40,000 job starts over next 4 years 

Jobs 22 – a new joint venture created by social business Catch22 and Australian provider of human service and skills, Angus Knight – has been awarded a major contract as part of the Department for Work and Pensions’ Restart Programme.

The Restart programme as a whole will provide intensive and tailored support to over 1 million unemployed people and help them find work in England and Wales. Jobs 22 will be providing employability support for job seekers in East Central England – covering the East Midlands, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Luton and Stoke and Staffordshire

The Jobs 22 contract runs for 4.5 years from July 2021, with the aim of securing jobs for around 40,000 people and is worth more than £200m.

Chris Wright, Chief Executive of Catch22

“Unemployment levels remain high and there is a desperate need to work with individuals and with national and local businesses to open up meaningful job opportunities. This is even more vital as industries begin to reopen, and in some cases refocus. Jobs 22’s approach is on the individual; supporting those facing barriers to work in the broadest sense to ensure that they have the confidence and skills required to enter meaningful, sustainable work – not just short-term placements. We’re delighted to have won this contract and to have the chance to make a huge difference to people’s lives.”

All candidates coming to Jobs 22 will:

• Be allocated a designated Jobs 22 Employment Coach
• Be given immediate access to the Jobs 22 Employment Centre App – where they can see real-time vacancies, match their skills to local jobs, and access the over 1500 learning modules
• Have regular virtual and face to face meeting with their Employment Coach
• Create an action plan with their Coach that is reviewed regularly
• Have access to a wealth of local support around health, personal, and development needs
• Receive in-work support once they’ve secured a job

You can view the candidate’s journey in this short animation.

Duncan Angus, Founder Angus Knight Group

“Jobs 22, although a new entrant to the market, will be there to assist and support people quickly re-enter the workforce during this crisis.  Jobs22 is different as it brings together the strengths of both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors to get Britain working again. We are very proud of this opportunity to infuse meaning and purpose into over 40,000 people’s lives by assisting them into long-term work with our innovative and customer-centric approach.”

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About Catch22
Catch22 is a social business, a not-for-profit business with a social mission. For over 200 years we have designed and delivered services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities. We operate in employability, justice, education, and young people and families services.

About Angus Knight
Angus Knight Group (AKG) is a commercial Australian-owned group of companies providing Employment, Community, Education, Health, and Outreach services throughout Australia and the United Kingdom. Founded by Duncan Angus in 1991, Angus Knight has assisted over 1 million people to realise their potential.

For more information, please contact:
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National Close the Gap Day

This National Close the Gap Day (Thursday 18 March 2021), the Angus Knight Group reaffirms its unwavering commitment to be part of the solutions that are needed to achieve equity in life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We believe that everyone deserves the right to a healthy future, and we understand that many of Australia’s First Peoples are experiencing entrenched disadvantage compared to non-indigenous Australians. 

Hear from our Group CEO Cameron Judson on Close the Gap

The National Agreement on Closing the Gap (the National Agreement) is designed to be a true partnership between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and governments. At Angus Knight Group we commend the collaborative and proactive approach between Australian governments and the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations. Through our daily work, we deeply understand that we achieve more together, and in close collaboration with the communities we serve.

The 16 targets of the National Agreement address priority needs in education, employment, health and wellbeing, justice, safety, housing, land and waters and languages. As we look ahead to the next decade of work that still needs to be done to close the gaps by 2031 and earlier, the Angus Knight Group expects to grow its service areas and community collaboration, particularly in relation to our focus areas of education, employment and community development.

Closing the Gap Targets  

Get involved and take the pledge – National Close the Gap Day 2021

The National Agreement on Closing the Gap has 16 national socio-economic targets across areas that have an impact on life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The progress against the targets will be monitored by the Productivity Commission and will help all parties to the National Agreement understand how their efforts are contributing to progress over the next ten years, with the aim of Close the Gap in life expectancy within a generation, by 2031. 

It will take the right investment and commitment to achieve the necessary socio-economic outcomes outlined in the National Agreement:

  • Outcome 1: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will enjoy long and healthy lives.
  • Outcome 2: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are born healthy and strong.
  • Outcome 3: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are engaged in high quality, culturally appropriate early childhood education in their early years.
  • Outcome 4: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children thrive in their early years.
  • Outcome 5: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieve their full potential.
  • Outcome 6: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students reach their full potential through further education pathways.
  • Outcome 7: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth are engaged in employment or education.
  • Outcome 8: Strong economic participation and development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
  • Outcome 9: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people secure appropriate, affordable housing that is aligned with their priorities and needs.
  • Outcome 10: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are not overrepresented in the criminal justice system.
  • Outcome 11: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are not overrepresented in the criminal justice system.
  • Outcome 12: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are not overrepresented in the child protection system.
  • Outcome 13: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and households are safe.
  • Outcome 14: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enjoy high levels of social and emotional wellbeing.
  • Outcome 15: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people maintain a distinctive cultural, spiritual, physical and economic relationship with their land and waters.
  • Outcome 16: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and languages are strong, supported and flourishing.

The Angus Knight Group’s Focus

For the past 30 years, the Angus Knight Group has delivered education, employment and community development outcomes to Australians.

We deliver Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC), Disability Employment Services (DES) and Community Development Programs (CDP) in direct support of the National Indigenous Australians Agency, which implements the Australian Government’s policies and programs to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our companies and programs are building the capacity of some of the most remote communities in Australia, through job readiness, vocational education and job placement.

  • Nyirrunggulung-Rise
  • Real Futures
  • Rise Ngurratjuta
  • Rise Ventures
  • Rise Community Art
  • The Real Futures Women’s Business Second Chance Hub
    The WBSC hub is a ground-breaking program that aims to ensure that women who are at risk of being left behind have access to participate in and achieve quality learning, entrepreneurship, and employment outcomes through educational and vocational training. Real Futures has partnered with UN Women to deliver the first program of its kind in a developed country. The WBSC hub, supported by BHP Foundation as part of their global commitment to enabling access for all women to quality education, is being piloted in Western Sydney, a region that has the highest concentration of Aboriginal people of any single region in Australia.

How you can get involved this National Close the Gap Day

The National Close the Gap Day campaign is an independent, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led campaign that calls on political leaders from all levels of government to act on health and education equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This year’s theme is ‘Leadership & Legacy through Crisis: Keeping Our Mob Safe’.

While we await the government’s Closing the Gap report in July 2021, the Close the Gap Campaign will release its own report on Thursday 18 March 2021.

You can:

  • Attend the Close the Gap report launch via online webinar on Thursday 18 March 2021, 12-1.15pm AEDT.
  • Sign the pledge. Add your signature to the pledge to close the gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island life expectancy.
  • Call, tweet or write to your local Member of Parliament and tell them that you want them to Close the Gap
  • Listen to and share the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on Facebook – visit the Close the Gap Facebook page.
  • Share your photos and stories on social media. Use the hashtag #ClosetheGap

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New Group CEO – Cameron Judson, to lead next phase of growth at Angus Knight Group

The Angus Knight Group is undergoing significant growth following our success in the UK CAEHRS tenders, and recent acquisition of a large and successful training company, Learning Sphere, in Western Sydney.

To lead our future growth, and develop our organization and our people, our Board has appointed Cameron Judson as the new Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Angus Knight Group.

New group CEO, Cameron Judson
New group CEO, Cameron Judson

Cameron has a wealth of executive experience leading and growing large, highly people dependent service organizations. Of particular relevance to Angus Knight is his 10 years at Chandler Macleod, three years as Chief Executive Officer.

Cameron commenced with us on the 4th of January 2021.

Cameron joins the Executive team alongside founder Duncan Angus who will remain in the business on a day-to-day basis as Executive Director. “I am thrilled to have Cameron join our team, as his proven track record as being an exceptional leader of human services companies preceded him.”

Duncan added “Cameron will be able to build on the fantastic work we delivered in 2020. Whilst it was the most challenging year I have seen in 30 years, I was so proud of the Melbourne team in particular, who set a goal of getting 1000 jobs for people before Christmas, and they delivered in spades – 1841 people were placed into jobs in under 8 weeks “.

Cameron was attracted to the role as the company has been a quiet achiever. “Angus Knight is a very healthy company, with a great culture full of people who want to make a difference. I am really looking forward to unlocking the potential of what we do across the 152 locations in which we work”.

Angus Knight intends on expansion plans in the next 2 years that will include successful Government tenders, acquisitions and further international expansion.

Fast facts:

  1. AKG have supported over 1 million people since they started operations, 30 years ago
  2. AKG are currently working with nearly 40,000 Australians to prepare them for work, over 4,000 are indigenous
  3. AKG has engaged and supported 3,420 employers across the country to find the right people to join their teams
  4. In 2020, AKG has invested 825,928 hours into supporting people with Community, Education and Employment programs and in September to November alone – we attended 70,199 customer appointments
  5. In response to COVID we trained 1243 students to become qualified cleaners, and are seeing promising job placement growth in the industry areas including: Warehousing, Healthcare and Assistance, Transport and Postal services in line with shifts to online consumer spending and increased incidence of mental health issues
  6. In the past 3 years, AKG has opened 86 offices to support the growing customer demand for quality human services provision

ABOUT THE ANGUS KNIGHT GROUP
The Angus Knight Group (AKG) is an Australian owned company that develops individuals, communities, and organisations through our group of companies which provide employment, training, technology, health and outreach services throughout Australia and the United Kingdom.
Founded by Duncan Angus in 1991 with the motto “Enhancing Lives”, AKG now have 15 separate companies focused on providing services to disadvantaged Australians including indigenous people and people with a disability, across 152 locations in Australia.
As a group, we go above and beyond to deliver better outcomes for and enrich people’s lives at the local level. At the heart of our purpose and vision is our focus on transforming lives and communities. It’s this focus that guides our business from the strategic decisions we make through to the day to day operations.
Our business partnership model has progressed in recent years to now include newfound collaboration between employers, community and not-for-profit organisations. One of the few companies to actively seek national and local partnerships, we have grown significantly into one of the most progressive service providers in the welfare to work sector in Australia.

AKG is privately owned and 100% Australian.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please contact:

Anna Lohe
Chief Marketing Officer
M: 0408 500 178
[email protected]

Melissa Harrison
Chief of Staff
M: 0439 402 434

[email protected]

A: Suite 501, Level 5, 10 Bridge Street , SYDNEY , NSW 2000 | W: www.angusknight.com.au

P: (02) 9259 5555

Angus Knight acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.

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Inner Metropolitan Melbourne Employment Region Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce Announcement

Jobfind is proud to announce that we have been appointed to the Inner Metropolitan Employment Region Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce established by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Jobfind is joined by key stakeholders including employer and community organisation representatives, education and training organisations, and local and state government representatives.

The taskforce brings together expertise, resources, and access to funding at the local level to focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways for people in the region.  It is part of the $62.8 million Local Jobs Program which will operate in 25 regions across Australia through to 30 June 2022. The program is part of supporting Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information for the Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce for the Inner Metropolitan Melbourne Employment Region can be found here – https://www.employment.gov.au/inner-metropolitan-melbourne.

As a well-established provider of employment services within Inner Metropolitan Melbourne, Jobfind will represent and collaborate with employment services providers and other stakeholders to assist the Taskforce to develop local employment solutions and assist in growing business confidence to get people back into jobs.

Jobfind’s CEO, Anthony Parsons said “Jobfind’s 5-star rating and long standing, deep connections in Melbourne were formative in the selection of Jobfind to be part of this important taskforce. Our 1,000 jobs for Christmas campaign last year saw us secure 1,500 jobs for jobseekers, and we will be doing our best to do the same again this year, despite COVID-19. In fact, we have managed to place more than 300 people into work each month across Melbourne throughout the pandemic and lockdown”.

Jobfind’s representative on the taskforce will be our Inner Metropolitan Melbourne Regional Manager, Julia Bassani. Julia has an extensive career in employment services which she will use to identify growth industries. Julia will then work with all employment services providers and training providers in the region to meet the recruitment requirements of employers, training providers, and other key stakeholders. With the same focus and purpose of assisting jobseekers back into employment, education and training, Julia has been given an opportunity through the taskforce role to reach out to various networks and collaborate to assist our economy return post COVID-19.

As part of the Angus Knight Group, Jobfind delivers on an extensive range of employment services across metropolitan, regional, and remote Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.

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Catch22 and Australian company Angus Knight launch joint venture to drive new approach to tackling unemployment

With unemployment levels in the UK set to soar as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, charity and social business Catch22 and Australian employment company Angus Knight have teamed up to create a new venture – Jobs22.

Jobs22 will design programmes, using the experience of Catch22 and Angus Knight, to help those who face barriers to employment find work.

Angus Knight provides employment and training for individuals and communities across Australia. Their hugely successful work with the charity Life without Barriers, uses technology and highly personalised support to help disabled people, and those with injuries, return to work.

Catch22 runs a number of pioneering employability programmes, including:

  • Bright Light: a programme run with The Children’s Society which provides training and support for care leavers to find employment
  • Digital Edge: a programme funded by Microsoft which opens pathways into digital apprenticeships for people facing barriers to employment
  • Social Switch: funded by Google.org, Social Switch teaches young people skills in social media management to harness their skills for good.
  • The Barclays Connect with Work programme: which helps people 16+ facing barriers to work find education and employment opportunities. It supports high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs, including clients and suppliers, to open up to new talent.
  • Inspiring Families and The Family Works Programmes: these are voluntary employment support programmes delivered by Catch22 on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. They support local people in the communities of Islington, Haringey, Enfield, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Waltham Forest who are part of families with complex barriers to of gaining employment.

Chris Wright, Chief Executive Officer of Catch22, said:

“Catch22 has a strong track record of delivering employability contracts and working with vulnerable communities to help them find work. This new venture allows us to take our local knowledge and experience in delivery and the expertise of Angus Knight, to help rescue the thousands of people who find themselves jobless in the current climate.”

 “There is a great fit between the organisations; we share the same values and are absolutely committed to helping young people through this current crisis – and beyond.”

Angus Knight Group Chairman, Michael Hobday, said:

“Angus Knight Group is very excited to be joining with Catch22, a well respected and experienced provider of services across the UK in forming Jobs 22.  The UK is entering a difficult period where many talented people will be seeking a job, Jobs 22 will be there to assist and support them to quickly re-enter the work force.  We believe that no one organisation has all the answers to getting people back to work, that’s where Jobs22 will be different, it will bring together the strengths of both the for profit and not for profit sector to get Britain working again.”

The collaboration with Catch 22 builds on Angus King Group’s recent acquisition of Learn Plus Us, a London based skills business.

 Chris Wright added:

“Whatever services we’re delivering, we’re always looking at how we can do things better and differently. Public services are not being delivered as effectively as they could be – and that’s largely down to too much bureaucracy and not enough focus on the needs of those who use the services. There’s a huge need – and therefore a huge opportunity – to do thing differently in employability. We hope Jobs22 will be at the forefront of getting the people of the UK back to work.”

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For more information or comment, please contact: [email protected] / 07734824610

Jobs 22 is jointly owned by Catch22 and Angus Knight.

About Catch22

Catch22 is a social business, a not for profit business with a social mission. For over 200 years we have designed and delivered services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities. We operate in employability, justice, education and young people and families services.

About Angus Knight

Angus Knight Group (AKG) is an Australian owned group of companies providing Employment, Training, Technology, Health and Outreach services throughout Australia and the United Kingdom. Founded by Duncan Angus in 1991 with the motto Enhancing Lives, the AKG now has 11 separate companies focussed on providing services to disadvantaged Australians and British including indigenous and people with a disability.

Catch22 employability testimonies

Employer (Architect firm) working with Catch22’s employability team to recruit for an administrative role:

“We really cannot thank Catch22 enough for its support and we will certainly be using them again for any future hiring needs. Their values of supporting young people and their commitment to offering a personalised service are hard to come across and have helped [our company] in ways we hadn’t even considered!”

Martin was supported by Catch22 to secure an apprenticeship with South Liverpool Homes as part of the Barclays Connect with Work programme:

“Thank you for all the help and support you have given me finding work again. I felt very low about being out of work, but meeting [you] picked my mood up and it felt like only a matter of time before I would finally get a placement.

“You’re very motivated and made me feel motivated. I cannot thank you enough for the fantastic service. You helped me out more than you know.”

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Jobfind awarded 5 STAR rating from Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Jobfind has been announced as a recipient of the coveted 5 STAR rating by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment via the Victoria State Office. Jobfind has been recognised for providing outstanding jobactive services in two out of three regions, and 10 of our sites for the March 2020 Quarter.

Congratulations to Richmond, Camberwell and Narre Warren sites, who have all maintained their 5 star ratings for over twelve months, and Springvale who has maintained for the last four ratings.

A huge celebration is also underway at Jobfind’s 5 Star sites receiving their very first rating – already receiving the highest rating of 5 stars – Campbellfield, Airport West, Craigieburn, Flemington, Broadmeadows and Fitzroy.

“This is a particularly impressive result given the current climate,” says Jobfind CEO Anthony Parsons. “We are over the moon with this rating and will continue to provide an exceptional level of care and support to remain a provider of choice for those seeking employment.”

These 5 star ratings establish Jobfind as the nation’s top provider, proving that it’s about more than just a job at Jobfind.

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NIAA Approves Food Event in Katherine to Encourage Wellbeing and Health in Community

Katherine, Northern Territory, July 2020 – Despite ongoing restrictions being enforced off and on nationwide, and COVID-19 continuing to affect communities big and small, RISE Ventures is thrilled to announce the approval, via the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA), of a Soup and Stew Day Activity at Food Ladder on July 24, starting 10AM. Rise Ventures, a leading provider of supportive and professional services around Australia, including the most remote regions of Queensland and the Northern Territory, has always taken pride in servicing Indigenous communities.

The disruptions wrought by COVID-19, whilst suspending some Community Development Activities, has not slowed down the Rise staff. “I am immensely proud of our team on the ground in Katherine,” states Duncan Angus, Founder and CEO of Rise Ventures. “These are exceptional circumstances to deliver and engage with our participants; to ensure welfare and health is maintained. They have worked closely with the Delegate to ensure that this event will be conducted in accordance with advice from health and government authorities. Rise will comply with any and all local restrictions in place… The health and safety of our staff and all those in community is our priority.” The event will be held at Food Ladder, the world’s first not for profit organisation to use environmentally sustainable technologies to create food and economic security for communities otherwise reliant on aid and affected by poverty.

“We are very grateful to be able to use Food Ladder’s facilities to not only ensure correct food safety procedures, but to also allow us to keep social distancing regulations whilst still enabling Rise staff to have a proper conversation and engage with our participants and those in community,” explains Tara Granzien, Rise Katherine’s Business Manager. “This event will help us engage with our most disadvantaged participants. It is so important.”

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