Creating inclusive local jobs
Published on 28 April 2021
Banyule's six-month Inclusive Employment Program is leading the local government sector by providing meaningful paid work experience and learning and development opportunities for people facing unique barriers to employment:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Culturally and linguistically diverse people
- People living with disability
- Young people (age 16-25)
Participants, pictured with Banyule councillors, gain valuable work skills and experience across a variety of roles.
Marjan Marjani and her husband left Mashhad in northeast Iran in 2013 as asylum seekers in search of a new life in Australia.
“When you come, you start from zero…below zero,” Marjan, 32, says. “And everything is completely new.”
Marjan had several jobs over the years, the most recent working in a social media team for a telecommunications company. Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn last year, she lost her job but soon heard about Banyule’s Inclusive Employment Program.
Her new role as a communications officer in Council’s Environment team has given her a chance to develop her skills in an area she is now studying.
“I am happy and excited to be part of this program, it’s given me a chance for a better life and to build confidence. I’ve really enjoyed seeing what we do, and you can see the results in the community," Marjan says.