IntoJobs’ first-ever placement celebrates one month in new role

One month into her new role, IntoJobs’ first-ever placement Dorothy is ecstatic to have secured employment.

This Saturday will mark a milestone for the 61 year old, who has been working as a receptionist at Peninsula Drive Thru Drycleaners in Victoria.

After moving to Melbourne three years ago, Dorothy struggled to find employment, especially during the height of the pandemic. “When I was first moved down here it was hard to find work. I was doing volunteer work for Vinnies, then Covid hit and I couldn’t get any work” she said.

Dorothy was referred to IntoJobs in Frankston where she was able to be placed in a new job within first week the business launched.

Within their first month of opening, IntoJobs helped 80 people find work. Part of the IntoWork Australia Group, the business’s core focus is to guide people from all backgrounds and circumstances into sustainable and secure employment.

“I’m quite happy with the new system, I think it’s very fair and hopefully it will get a lot of people into work after being on Centrelink,” Dorothy said.

Dorothy’s Mobile Employment Consultant Simone Johnston said she was surprised finding work for Dorothy happened so quickly. “Dorothy is a dream to work with and she is excited to be working again,” she said.

IntoJobs Regional Leader Melania Felekidis said within the month after Dorothy’s placement, the Frankston team achieved another three placements, with another five participants expected to start the week after. “We are very excited to be placing our participants into employment.”

“This is what we are here to do, change people’s lives by supporting them and providing them with the confidence to accept and maintain sustainable employment outcomes. It was a great feeling to have been the first site to achieve the first placement for IntoJobs.”

IntoJobs CEO Steve Wyborn said the Frankston team was an example of the amazing work IntoJobs does, “Frankston is an amazing team that works well together and we know that collaboratively we will succeed in this new world of employment services.”

Dorothy said her favourite thing about her new role was serving customers and being able to work independently. “It feels good, I feel I am very lucky as I’m a bit older, so it’s really good to be working again.”

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