Join Employment Empowers Program

The Employment Empowers program supports young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds who are looking for work. Our FREE program can help you find direct employment, a traineeship, an internship, or a paid work placement opportunity.

Young people in the program are supported by CMY staff and are matched with volunteer mentors who have years of Australian work experience. The Employment Empowers program is able to assist you with looking for work and writing a job application.


To be eligible for support through Employment Empowers, you must be:

  • 18 – 24 years old
  • From a refugee or migrant background
  • Currently living in Melbourne
  • Looking for work, a traineeship or an internship


What you can expect 

  • Have the opportunity to engage 1:1 with a volunteer mentor who has work experience in Australia and who is passionate about supporting you to succeed.
  • Access valuable experience in a workplace, undertake an internship, or find employment.
  • Develop your skills in applying for jobs, including writing resumes, job applications and cover letters.
  • Access support and advice from people with real experience, to find a job and succeed in your career. 

How your mentor can support you

Volunteer mentors join our program because they are passionate about supporting young people to realise their potential. For many of our program participants, the first step to achieving their dreams is to find a job that they enjoy.

Employment Empowers mentors understand that when you are just starting out, the process of finding a job can be daunting and at times really difficult. They apply to be a part of our program because they want to support you by sharing the skills and knowledge that they have gained through years of work experience in Australia. 

As part of the Employment Empowers program, you will receive 1:1 support from your mentor over a 12-month period. You can organise to meet at a time that suits you and you will be able to ask your mentor for help with whatever you are finding most challenging in finding a job.

Your mentor will be able to offer practical guidance and support in how to create a resume, apply for jobs, and prepare for interviews.  

Opportunities with our partners

We also partner with a range of employers to continuously create more opportunities for young people to build their experience and skills.

There are a range of paid casual opportunities for young people in retail, hospitality, government authorities, tourism, sport & recreation, and event management. The positions are available to young people, aged 18 – 24 years, from a refugee or migrant background, who are studying and/or looking for work. Many of the positions complement existing tertiary study. No previous work experience is required.

Get guaranteed consideration for the latest opportunities by applying to join the Employment Empowers program today. 

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For more information, please contact the Employment Empowers team on:

T: (03) 9340 3700  E: 

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