Pathways to Employment Program

Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds have a world of experience, but some need support to translate that to the workplace. A job is vital for young people to become financially independent, but it also helps to provide a sense of belonging, community, and self-worth. 

For many young people, the Pathways to Employment program at CMY provides that vital first step towards securing meaningful employment and fulfilling their potential. By supporting young people through direct employment opportunities, traineeships, apprenticeships, and workplace experience, Pathways enables participants to build invaluable networks and form the building blocks for their working life.  

The Pathways program engages volunteers with Australian work experience and skills to share, to work 1:1 with young people in the program. Pathways volunteers help program participants to become work ready and to find employment. Their support has a meaningful, lasting impact in the lives of the young people they work with.  

Pathways also partners with employers to match business needs with young job-seekers who are keen to work and who are able to make a valuable contribution to their workplace. CMY engages employers to provide work experience, direct employment opportunities, traineeships, and apprenticeships, across a wide range of industries.

The Pathways to Employment program comprises a number of projects, which include: 

  • PATHWAYS TO OPPORTUNITY, working in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne with young people from African and Pasifika backgrounds. Pathways to Opportunity is funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, William Buckland Foundation and the RE Ross Trust.
  • PATHWAYS TO WORK, focussing on refugee and migrant background young people living in the cities of Greater Dandenong and Casey. Pathways to Work is delivered in partnership with AFL SportsReady and supported by the Victorian Government.
  • PATHWAYS FROM UNIVERSITY, recruits and matches mentors who have professional work experience, with tertiary students from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Pathways from University is funded by the Myer Foundation. 

Why You Should Join The Pathways to Employment Program

If you are a young person, between 18-24 years old from a refugee or migrant background, who needs help to find employment, a working professional with skills to share, or an employer looking for staff, click below to find out more!

I'm looking for a job      I'm an employer     I'm looking to volunteer 

 Employer looking for skilled applicants      Volunteer with Pathways Program

For more information, please contact us on: (03) 9340 3700 | 


Pathways is delivered by CMY with funding from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, The William Buckland Foundation, The R E Ross Trust and The Myer Foundation.

Pathways Program