Banyule Council will provide a package of new initiatives worth close to $600,000 to boost job opportunities for more vulnerable residents in the community.
The initiatives were part of the 2018/2019 Budget adopted at Monday night’s Council meeting and will be run as a new social enterprise program and new internship program.
Under the social enterprise program, Council will seek partnerships with organisations that run café and kiosk sites across the municipality to provide employment for local people with disabilities.
Under the internship program, Council will make eight six-month long internships available each year to provide:
- newly arrived refugees with qualifications work experience in Australia
- people with disabilities paid work experience and skills in administration, function set up and meet room preparation
- young people paid employment and skill development in administration
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members paid employment in administration, community development and events management.
Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale said that the new job creation initiatives had the potential to make a big difference.
“This package is the biggest, most targeted Council initiative to create practical opportunities for our more vulnerable residents,” he said.
New Banyule Council positions to manage local social enterprise opportunities,the internship program, a jobs creation taskforce and volunteers will be advertised on banyule.vic.gov.au in the coming months.