Pathways to Opportunity

Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds have a world of experience, but some need support to translate that to the workplace. Pathways connects young people with meaningful work and workplace experiences.



Pathways is working to establish employment and education pathways for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Pathways to Opportunity works in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne. Pathways to Work focuses on the South Eastern side of Melbourne.

By supporting young people through education options, experience of work, traineeships and apprenticeships in growth industries in Victoria, we are connecting them to invaluable networks and systems that will help solidify their work prospects for the future.

We are also working with employers to create and sustain employment opportunities for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.



Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds want to build a better life in Australia. Like most young people they are keen to earn money, increase their skills and start a meaningful working career. However, there are barriers that exist that prevent many young people getting their ‘foot in the door’.

Pathways to Opportunity focuses on those young people who most struggle to find a job. Many Pasifika background young people are Australian residents with New Zealand citizenship and therefore have limited access to income support and job seeking support services. Young people from Afican backgrounds are twice as likely to be unemployed as young people from English-only speaking households.

Pathways to Work can support any young people from refugee or migrant backgrounds in and around the Cities of Casey and Greater Dandenong.

Young people have told us that employment and career opportunities are important drivers in their lives. Like all young people, they want the experience they need to start a great career. They just need the right support to be able to do that.


Young people participating will have the opportunity to:

  • Access advice and support to find and apply for work that matches their interests. 
  • Develop job ready skills, including resume creation, job application writing, interview skills 
  • Access valuable experience in a work place and workforce training
  • Undertake a traineeship or pre-apprenticeship 
  • Participate in formal education and training relevant to the work environment
  • Access support and mentoring throughout the program, including regular workplace visits, check-ins and support to resolve workplace issues.


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Pathways is delivered by CMY in partnership with AFL SportsReady





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