The Victorian Council of Social Service is welcoming a new push to build and support the state’s social sector workforce.
The Victorian Government has announced a plan to match newly trained community service workers with a decent job to kickstart their careers.
VCOSS CEO Emma King says the social sector is under immense pressure, especially following the COVID pandemic.
“Social service organisations are struggling to find, train and retain appropriately skilled workers,” she said.
“This is due to many factors, including funding arrangements, competition for workers, increased demand and the challenging nature of some jobs.”
“VCOSS welcomes government initiatives to address these systemic challenges.”
Ms King said significant jobs growth is forecast in the social and community sector, and this growth must be properly supported and managed.
VCOSS will consult with its members and provide feedback to the government as it finalises the design of the proposed Jobs Guarantee.
Ms King says she is pleased flexible support will be offered to students, new workers and employers.
VCOSS is the peak body for Victoria’s social and community sector, and the state’s premier social advocacy body.
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