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Job initiative wins award

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A Council program that has helped more than a hundred Flemington Housing Estate residents secure paid work has won a prestigious award.

Our Flemington Works program last night took out the ‘Human-Centred Service Delivery’ category at the IPAA Leadership in the Public Sector Awards.

Flemington Works helps residents of Flemington Housing Estate, particularly young people and women, find meaningful employment through a range of initiatives.

In the space of just 19 months we’ve helped secure 117 paid employment placements for our residents.

Residents of the Flemington Housing Estate have some of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Long-term unemployment has a profound effect on both current and future generations who grow up in these areas of social disadvantage.

Through the program, we’ve worked closely with residents of the estate to develop an approach based on more than just job matching. The program has even led to Council changing our social procurement and recruitment processes.

We’ve also helped residents establish micro-businesses, creating 20 jobs, offering them flexibility and autonomy in their work.

The award comes at an important time, with existing State Government funding for Flemington Works coming to an end in June. The program is currently funded by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

We believe one of the most powerful methods of rebuilding a person’s hope, confidence and sense of self-worth and value is through gaining employment and that’s what this program has achieved. We hope to be able to continue this important work.

Find out more about the program by contacting Flemington Community Centre.