Chisholm has joined forces with Hilton Manufacturing to launch the Advocacy and Employment Program, an innovative initiative helping local job seekers find employment in sectors where there are existing skills shortages.

A successful pilot program conducted earlier this year saw participants receive training through Chisholm’s Foundation College and Skills and Job Centre.

The program focuses on providing interview preparation, support and mentoring for successful applicants to help build their confidence.  Once this process is complete, the participants receive onsite training and employment with an industry partner.

As a result of the initial pilot, Hilton Manufacturing provided six participants with training and full-time employment.

Chisholm CEO Dr Rick Ede said there were already plans to expand the Advocacy and Employment Program into new sectors following the success of the pilot.

“We are targeting people who are entering the workforce for the first time, those transitioning out of other industries, as well as migrants looking for a new start.

“The Greater Dandenong area has one of the highest rates of unemployment in Victoria and through this new initiative, we will create more job opportunities for the region,” Dr Ede said.

Chisholm is currently taking expressions of interest from other businesses who would like to utilise the same tailored program in their industry.