Jo Tabit from the Brotherhood of St Laurence to join us.

A former Playwright and Manager for the Victorian Branch of the Australian Writers Guild, Jo has occupied a range of roles in the Brotherhood, including Program Manager of Given the Chance and EMC Manager.  She now works as the Senior Manager of Given the Chance and has been leading the BSL’s work to develop a demand led approach to employment, which seeks to assist disadvantaged jobseekers by more effectively servicing the industrial and diversity needs of employers.

Jo joins us at the 3rd Annual Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference and will present on the topic of ‘Creating supportive workplaces for disadvantaged candidates with partner employers: The Given the Chance, Building Bridges approach’.

Given the Chance is an employment pathways program which has been working with Employers to embed employment programs for refugees, asylum seekers, Indigenous people, youth and long term unemployed people since 2007.  It’s cornerstone program with the ANZ bank has seen more than 120 refugees through six month paid placements, with 84% going on to achieve ongoing jobs in the bank. 93% of these still have their job six months later.

The Given the Chance program’s strength lies in the committed relationships it brokers between businesses and the community. The program has developed an employer assistance package called Building Bridges, which is a structured approach to the recruitment and onboarding of diverse jobseekers in workplaces.

For more information on the 3rd Annual Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference and to secure your registration visit the conference website today.