POSITION TITLE: Employment Support
PROGRAM: Victorian government’s Jobs Victoria Program
STATUS: Two Part-time Positions
REPORTING TO Project Manager
1. African Australian Multicultural Employment and Youth SERVICES (AAMEYS) OVERVIEW
AAMEYS is a non-for-profit organization which aims to build stronger communities by empowering African-Australian youth to engage with their communities and participate in social and economic services. We are a community organisation that is run and managed for and by the communities.
Building stronger communities to be resilient in all areas of life – Socio-Cultural/Economic/Political and building resilience as active citizens where they are directly involved in finding, identifying and managing solutions to impediments to their full participation.
AAMEYS partners with African youth, families and communities, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to information; accessible respectful services; and the resources and opportunities necessary to create equity for all youth irrespective of their race, disability, employment status or their parent’s employment or education status/attainment.
We work to build strong communities where all people can live to their full potential -
by partnering with Service providers to support those most in need and working to change policies, practices, ideas and values that leads to inequality, prejudice and exclusion of young people.
Honesty and integrity in dealing with all members of the community and the service providers
2. PROGRAM BACKGROUND
The Jobs Victoria support for job seekers for African and Pacifika heritage program is an element of Jobs Victoria that has been established to enable the Victorian government to enable to address disproportionately high unemployment rate of young people of African and Pasifika Heritage. The program represents an investment of $1.2 Million to ensure that all Victorians can benefit from the state’s strong economic growth.
3. KEY OBJECTIVES OF THE TWO PART-TIME POSITIONS
The key objectives of these positions are:
3.1 To engage and recruit unemployed youth members of African Australian communities, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to support and encourage access to employment opportunities.
3.2 Liaise with Stakeholders, Employment agents and Local Small Businesses for job sourcing and to identify job seekers who would suite the employment opportunities
3.3 To drive successful African Australian youth employment planning and implementation and achieve the overall objectives, of the program.
3.4 To ensure support and guidance is provided to youth program participants to enable them to successfully undertake the Victorian government’s Job Victoria program process, and assist with necessary mentoring and skills metrics to match available jobs.
3.5 To provide effective and timely advice on the implementation and development of the program to the Project manager.
3.6 To establish and maintain effective partnership and working relationships with all key stakeholders of the employment and training providers.
3.7 To establish a good relationship and better understanding with the target communities and disadvantaged youth.
4.1 Conduct individual client assessment to identify career progression path and to find the relevant (or close to) employment fields required for each participant in the program
4.2 Provide and assist clients in preparing CV’s and carry out simulated job interviews to prepare candidates for the available jobs
4.3 Promote the program, and engage with youth members of African Australian communities’ backgrounds, to encourage them to apply for employment by developing the necessary skills and employment culture.
4.4 Conduct interviews with clients and other stakeholders to determine the clients’ employment aspirations, experiences, abilities, skills and potential obstacles to employment
4.5 Liaise with employers and negotiate terms and conditions of employment, providing necessary support with on the job training for clients as required
4.6 Liaise closely and effectively with the clients and stakeholders to manage smooth transitions of the clients to employment.
4.7 Complete workplace analysis to assess whether the workplace will be a supportive environment for a client who may need some level of ongoing support from his / her co-workers.
4.8 Maintain high professional standards and confidentiality at all times
4.9 Focus particularly on measures to promote the program to, and to engage with, African Australians to support and facilitate employment outcomes.
4.10 Liaise with employers, negotiating terms and conditions of employment and providing on the job training for clients, if necessary
4.11 Oversee and lead participant engagement, mentoring, guidance, assessment, training and support during their participation in this program to help them become integrated and independent in the workplace.
4.12 Provide on-the-job training and assistance to the clients throughout the job placement and where necessary complete the task in accordance with employer’s work place requirement.
4.13 Prepare program progress reports fortnightly as required for presentation to the Project manager.
4.8 Compliance with relevant legislation
4.9 Commitment to continuous project and quality improvement.
4.10 Other duties as required.
5. KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
5.1 Ability to source jobs in partnership with our stakeholders, African Small Businesses and other employment sources.
5.2 Demonstrated experience in working effectively with culturally diverse community organisations and understanding their norms and challenges.
5.3 Demonstrated experience in career guidance and successful youth community engagement and working effectively with a range of key stakeholders.
5.4 Demonstrated experience in working effectively and empathetically with people from diverse cultural and personal backgrounds.
5.5 Demonstrated experience in working effectively with a range of organisations, including government, community, and not for profit organisations.
5.6 Capacity to establish and maintain effective networks of support and communication with clients and stakeholders.
5.7 Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including project progress reports, and capacity to fulfil the reporting and administrative requirements associated with the position.
5.8 Understanding and empathy with the mission and ethos of AAMEYS Services
5.9 Current driver’s licence
5.10 Valid Working with Children Check card
5.11 Successful Police Check to be conducted by AAMEYS Services prior to commencement.
6. KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
6.1 Effective promotion and representation of the program.
6.2 Experience of using recruitment and employment principles, methods, techniques and resources
6.3 Achievement of key project objectives.
6.4 Maintenance of a safe, respectful and supportive work environment.
6.5 Excellent IT skills including the ability to use Microsoft Office, CRM, Cloud Technology, Social Media and other computer applications
Relevant tertiary qualification/s and/or experience in field required.
It would also be an advantage to have a relevant second language, other than English, to aid with communication with our clients of the program.
8. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Conditions of employment are in accordance with the current AAMEYS Policy & Procedures, including the Code of Conduct.
Based at AAMEYS Footscray Office– Suite 108, 144 – 148 Nicholson ST Footscray, but also working at AAMEYS Flemington Office, Office No.2, 120 Racecourse Rd, Flemington Vic 3031 and other locations as required.
Salary Package including superannuation, annual leave and sick leave: $65,000
“Ramadan 2018 Mubarak to everyone”
On Thursday, 10th May 2018, AAMEYS participated in an inaugural African Cultural Day celebration at Ravenhall Correctional Centre. The aim of African Cultural Day event was to share African culture and identity within the centre and create harmony and social cohesion among inmates. Having cohesive and harmonious environment is believed to have significant impact in the rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates. The event was well received by all participants, which included inmates, correctional staff, centre management and community members. AAMEYS played a significant role in the planning and implementation of this successful event.
Dr Behan Ahmed, CEO of AAMEYS, addressed the audience. In his speech, Dr Ahmed, stated Africa Day is celebrated globally and in Australia, in recognition to the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Dr Ahmed, highlighted the role of African communities in the rehabilitation and reintegration of African background prisoners. Reflecting on resilience and bravery, Dr Ahmed stated, ‘bravery is no longer fighting like lions, as perceived during the 20th century, but rather admitting when you are wrong, have made a mistake or need help’.
Recidivism is high among young African Australians, who lack ongoing support and acceptance, which is a concern for the broader community and AAMEYS in particular, which deals with young people and their families who are marginalised on daily basis.
We're talking about life and issues that affect you in settling in Australia.
They have accepted AAMEYS application for DGR status and have now registered it as a charity. This registration is effective from 1 July 2017.
Here is a link to the ACNC page, and as you can see, AAMEYS is now listed. Success!
In the first six months of our operations (end of financial year), AAMEYS has offered many FREE SERVICES to the Multicultural and African communities.
Visitors come to AAMEYS Office in Footscray with queries about a wide range of issues. There are many problems and challenges they face settling into the Australian way of life.
About one-third of the queries to AAMEYS are about legal issues and about one-fifth are business matters. We also receive many queries about problems with employment, training, housing, security and personal issues (Graph for more info).
Legal issues are the most common. As readers of this bulletin will know, AAMEYS holds fortnightly free legal sessions with lawyers from the major law firm, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. These sessions are always well attended and have provided valuable advice and assistance to people from our community. We are grateful for the support of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.
The legal questions we have helped with include issues of immigration, family law (including family violence and child custody), criminal matters, work injuries and occupational health and safety, civil matters, business, car accidents and traffic fines. Why AAMEYS legal triage services is unique and necessary for the refugees, asylum seekers and migrants? It is necessary because majority of people are not confident to walk to legal aid services and communicate their legal needs. One client said, “Going to mainstream legal aid service is like going to court” he said, I like someone who understands my language, culture and religious believe to help me navigate the legal system”.
Arriving in Australia where there are Federal, State and Local Government laws that are so different from the home countries of African Australian settlers can be very confusing. The challenges involved in understanding the significance and the importance of "the laws of the land" can be challenging and confronting, particularly for people following non-mainstream religions and from different cultural backgrounds. The most confronting is perhaps the non-discriminatory nature of Australian law - the law is the same for everyone, regardless of gender, religion, sexuality etc.
A second big challenge is accessing and choosing the right legal support to negotiate and navigate the Australian legal system, with its Federal, State and Local Government parts covering different legal issues.
Without good support to understand the legal system, newcomers to Australia are lost. They might attend court without proper legal advice and preparation. There is the time it takes in seeking justice or settlement of legal issues. There are lawyers' fees.
Sometimes, without good legal advice, members of the community finish up worse off even though they are in the right, or even end up in prison because they don't know the legal system.
There are particular problems for women facing violence, and young people prone to breaking the law without thinking of the consequences.
Going beyond the valuable legal advice and assistance the community, through AAMEYS, receives from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, what is needed is for government - Federal, State and Local - to come together and offer one-stop shop legal service in areas where there are significant new settlers from other cultures.
Such centres could initially deal with legal issues and problems and direct people with legal problems in the right direction: by writing letters, making introductions and so on. We'd like to think of it as "Legal Bureaucracy with a Human Face".
New settlers in Australia facing the challenges of understanding and coping with the Australian legal system will be better placed to become valuable members of Australian society with such "hands-on" direct help from government legal authorities. And that is of great benefit to the wider Australian society where we all have rights and responsibilities under laws that are the same for everyone.