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Support for job-seekers

The Pathways to Employment program provides support to young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds who are looking for work. The free program can help you find direct employment, a traineeship, an apprenticeship, or a 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. Pathways mentors are eager to share their skills and experiences to help you to find employment. The Pathways program is able to assist you to look for work, write a job application, and practice your interview skills. 

Opportunities with our partners

We also work with our employment partners to continuously create more opportunities for young people to build a range of experience and skills.

Currently, there are over 19 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 these opportunities by applying through the Pathways to Employment program. Apply now, through a quick and easy online application form.

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Please see eligibility criteria for each Pathways program:

Pathways to Opportunity

  • 18 – 24 years old
  • Currently living in the northern or western suburbs of Melbourne, of African or Pasifika background
  • Looking for work, a traineeship or an apprenticeship

Pathways to Work

  • 18 – 24 years old
  • Currently living in the southern or eastern suburbs of Melbourne, of refugee or migrant background
  • Looking for work, a traineeship or an apprenticeship

Pathways from University

  • 18 – 24 years old
  • Across Melbourne, of refugee or migrant background
  • Currently studying at university, interested in securing a work placement or 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 helping you to succeed.
  • Access valuable experience in a workplace, undertake a traineeship, pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or find employment.
  • Develop your skills in applying for jobs, including writing resumes, job applications and cover letters, networking and interview skills.
  • 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 helping 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.

Pathways 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 help you by sharing the skills and knowledge that they have gained through years of work experience in Australia. 

As part of the Pathways 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 both 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.  

What do other young people think of the program?

Pathways participants find that the program provides them with a better understanding of how to prepare for and secure the kinds of jobs they are interested in. Young people also report improved levels of self-confidence and tell us that with the help of their mentor, they are able to gain the right kinds of skills they need to find work.


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