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Victorian African Communities Action Plan Employment Brokers Initiative

Supporting community organisations with significant reach into Victoria’s African communities to engage and host African community employment brokers.

Overview

Funding of up to $125,000 per year for 2 years is available to support community organisations with significant reach into Victoria’s African communities to deliver African community employment brokerage services.

Please note, this opportunity is open by invitation only to selected organisations following a pre-screening process undertaken by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Submit your application

Applications are open for 5 weeks, from Monday 2 November 2020 closing Friday 11 December at 11.59pm. Applications must be submitted in full by this date.

Submit your application online

Please allow enough time to prepare and submit your application.

For more information, please refer to the Initiative Guidelines below.

For help with your application or any questions not addressed in the Guidelines, please contact the VACAP Team: VACAP@dpc.vic.gov.au

What is the Community Employment Brokers Initiative?

The Community Employment Brokers Initiative supports community organisations with significant reach into Victoria’s African communities to engage and host African community employment brokers for up to two years. The initiative will contribute to increased social and economic inclusion while also assisting Victorian businesses to meet their skills and labour needs.

The objective of the initiative is to support African Australian job seekers who:

  • are experiencing long‑term unemployment
  • are at risk of long‑term unemployment; and/or
  • lack adequate support through other services to become job ready and gain and retain employment

Community organisations and their employment brokers will be expected to work in partnership with a Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) provider to provide tailored support to jobseekers to develop clear pathways to job readiness and employment.

The initiative will achieve this by:

  • supporting community organisations to engage community employment brokers and develop partnerships with JVEN providers to support job seekers of African heritage into long-term employment
  • connecting African Australian job seekers in Victoria with existing job networks
  • contributing to a more coordinated and streamlined suite of culturally-responsive employment-related services for African job seekers

Employment brokers and host community organisations will be provided with training and support as needed. Funding provided through the initiative will support costs associated with recruiting and hosting community employment brokers, and with partnering with a JVEN provider.

  • The Victorian African Communities Action Plan (VACAP) aims to build welcoming communities, improve outcomes and create lasting opportunities for Victorians of African heritage.

    VACAP proposes over 250 actions across 6 focus areas:

    1. Business
    2. Employment
    3. Education and training
    4. Health and wellbeing
    5. Inclusion and empowerment
    6. Leadership, cohesion and connection

    The VACAP acknowledges the strengths of Victoria’s African communities and supports Victorians of African heritage to own, lead and be part of solutions.

    More information can be found on the Empowering African communities in Victoria page

  • The Community Employment Brokers Initiative is an action under the Employment focus area of the VACAP.

    The proposed initiative will support community organisations with significant reach into Victoria’s African communities to engage and host African community employment brokers for up to 2 years. Working with the host organisation and JVEN providers, employment brokers will work across key geographic areas to build networks with employers and communities to identify their needs, broker job placements, and provide job seekers with referrals to other services, as required.

    The objective of the initiative is to support African Australian job seekers to become job ready and gain and retain employment, contributing to increased social and economic inclusion and assisting Victorian businesses to meet their skills and labour needs.

    Community organisations and their employment brokers will be expected to work in partnership with a JVEN provider to provide tailored support to jobseekers of African heritage and develop clear pathways to job readiness and employment.

    The initiative will achieve this by:

    • supporting community organisations to engage community employment brokers and develop partnerships with JVEN providers to support job seekers of African heritage into long-term employment
    • connecting African Australian job seekers in Victoria with existing job networks
    • contributing to a more coordinated and streamlined suite of culturally appropriate employment-related services for African job seekers

    Employment brokers and host community organisations will be provided with training and support as needed. Funding provided through the initiative will support costs associated with recruiting and hosting community employment brokers, and with costs associated with partnering with a JVEN provider.

  • The Victorian Government recognises the unique impacts that COVID-19 has had on the State’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, including Victoria’s African communities.

    The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is working across Government to ensure that the initiatives implemented under the VACAP align with efforts to support recovery from the pandemic and meet the distinct needs of African jobseekers in this new context.

  • Invited organisations will need to complete and submit an online application and supporting documentation through the online portal.

    Applications are open for five weeks, from Monday 2 November 2020 closing Friday 11 December at 11.59pm. Applications must be submitted in full by this date.

    Organisations are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to prepare and submit their applications.

  • DPC undertook an Expression of Interest (EOI) process between 16 December 2019 and 7 February 2020 to identify capacity and interest across the State to participate in the Employment Brokers Initiative. This EOI process has informed a shortlist of applicants that have been invited to submit a detailed application to participate in the initiative. Organisations invited to submit an application were selected on a set of key preliminary criteria:

    • organisational capacity to operationalise and deliver the initiative
    • community reach (including proximity and reach into key regional and metropolitan areas with communities in need)
    • employment services experience

    Organisations that were not successful through the EOI process can seek feedback from DPC on their application and are encouraged to look at future opportunities to participate in delivering projects and activities associated with the VACAP as they arise. Organisations can sign up to the VACAP distribution list by emailing the DPC VACAP team.

  • The questions in the application form are designed to help organisations to demonstrate their suitability against the following key criteria:

    Criteria: Sound organisational governance and operational capacity to host an employment broker

    Importance Weighting Further details
    Essential 30%
    • demonstrates sound organisational governance and operational capacity
    • demonstrates readiness to apply the funding effectively to deliver the objectives of the initiative
    • demonstrates readiness and capacity to employ, host and effectively support an employment broker to deliver the objectives of the initiative

    Criteria: Broad community reach, cultural competence and understanding

    Importance Weighting Further details
    Essential 30%
    • demonstrates strong networks and links with the African Victorian communities in the areas in which they operate
    • demonstrates a sound understanding of these communities’ needs and an ability to interpret and translate the objectives of the initiative into a clear plan of action based on these needs
    • demonstrates cross-cultural competence and understanding, including capacity to navigate and bridge cultural gaps and barriers between stakeholders

    Criteria: Capacity to partner with a JVEN services provider to deliver the initiative

    Importance Weighting Further details
    Essential 20%
    • demonstrates a willingness to partner with a JVEN provider to develop clear pathways to job readiness and employment for job seekers
    Desirable 10%
    • demonstrates an established relationship with a JVEN provider(s) and/or in-principal agreement to work together as part of a mutually beneficial partnership to support African Australian jobseekers through the initiative
    • note: An existing relationship with a JVEN provider is not essential, but it is recommended that applicants at least make initial contact with a provider and seek a letter of support and in-principle agreement to be involved in the initiative. DPC will support successful applicants to link in with the JVEN provider network and establish a partnership with a suitable provider.

    Criteria: Experience with the provision of employment services and job seeker support

    Importance Weighting Further details
    Desirable 10%
    • demonstrates an understanding of employment services, and the range of support available to job seekers through different channels
    • note: successful applicants will be supported to undertake relevant training and qualifications in employment services provision

    Applications will be assessed against these criteria and preferred providers presented to the VACAP Employment Sub-Committee and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, the Hon. Ros Spence MP, for endorsement and approval.

    All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the assessment process.

  • Funding of up to $125,000 per annum for up to two years is available to cover:

    • the costs associated with employing and hosting an employment broker
    • the costs associated with establishing and maintaining a partnership between the host organisation and employment broker, and the JVEN provider to deliver the initiative
    • certification and training costs for key staff as needed

    Successful applicants will be expected to enter into a funding agreement with the Victorian Government and comply with all conditions associated with the funding.

    Applicants may receive less funding than the amount requested in their applications. Applicants may be asked to revise their budgets and proposed project plans to align with available funding.

  • DPC will work with successful applicants to develop an implementation plan as part of the funding agreement.

    All projects will be subject to reviews at critical points in the initiative to evaluate performance and outcomes against funding requirements, and continued labour market need for the project to continue.

  • For more information, or for help with your application, please contact the VACAP Team by emailing VACAP@dpc.vic.gov.au.

Reviewed 03 December 2020

If you have any questions or want to learn more about this funding, contact us:

VACAP team Department of Premier and Cabinet

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