Approximately half a million people in Australia have been out of work for over a year despite actively seeking employment.
The Industry Employment Initiative (IEI) delivers an innovative employment model that meets the recruitment needs of large employers while improving outcomes for disadvantaged jobseekers who are willing and able to work.
Taking a demand-led approach, the IEI starts with an employer’s needs and works backwards from there. SVA deeply engages employers to co-design highly supported training and employment pathways. Simultaneously the IEI is providing tailored training, work placements and wrap around support of job seekers through their transition into employment and individualised post-placement support.
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In 2014, long-term unemployment in Australia reached its highest level in a decade. At the same time, it is predicted that Australia will need 800,000 new workers over the next five years. Yet 42% of Australian employers report difficulties filling vacancies. This disconnect between large employers and disadvantaged job seekers not only puts a number of entry-level roles out of reach for disadvantaged job seekers, but also leaves a huge pool of untapped talent.
What the IEI provides
Working directly with national employers the IEI helps train, place and support long-term unemployed young people into stable and sustainable employment. The IEI is demonstrating the effectiveness of demand-led employment, creating positive outcomes for both jobseekers and employers.
The IEI presents an opportunity for employers to:
- Create or extend demand-led programs into reliable training, support and recruitment pipelines
- Identify potential adjustments to internal policies and practices
- Position their business at the forefront of innovative recruitment practices
- Increase the diversity of their workforce
- Demonstrate a commitment to helping young people break the cycle of long-term unemployment.
‘The IEI helped our organisation to fulfil its community objectives and also address a recruitment need; finding skilled and able employees looking to build a career working across the hospitality sector.’ Marriott Melbourne, 2016
The IEI is seeking corporate partners to participate in the IEI to:
- Contribute to the design of a tailored employment pathway
- Provide work placements that, if successfully completed, have direct line-of-sight to a job
- Provide outcome data and feedback on the IEI model and contribute to developing best practice demand-led employment programs.
The IEI & Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN)
JVEN is the Victorian Government’s major initiative to help disadvantaged jobseekers gain employment in Victoria. JVEN services are being delivered by specialist employment experts who work closely with employers to identify job opportunities and prepare job seekers.
As a JVEN provider, the IEI, led by Social Ventures Australia (SVA) in partnership with Jesuit Social Services and support from the Business Council of Australia is helping unlock new potential employment opportunities.
IEI and JVEN: Key Program Information
|Target Cohort||Primary focus: |
Programs to date have engaged young people with a range of barriers and from varied backgrounds. Throughout this contract, the IEI will seek to expand to additional target cohorts, matching candidates to suitable roles.
|Employment Focus||The IEI focuses on three target industries:|
Employers from targeted industries are engaged to identify and commit available roles to the program, supporting candidates whose aspirations align with those roles through structured training and into employment.
|Locations||The IEI is contracted to deliver JVEN services across Victoria.|
Program locations are determined in consultation with employers, aligning recruitment and training with their workforce needs. Existing program locations have included Melbourne Metro & Western Region.
Download the Industry Employment Initiative information sheet (PDF, 700KB)
 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2014, Labour force, May 2014
 Manpower Group, 2015.
 ACCI, Employ Outside the Box, February, 2012.