They got the jobs!

A total of 10 unemployed Hume residents have found work at a transport and logistics company near Melbourne Airport, thanks to Hume City Council’s Local Jobs for Local People Program.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said Council was ecstatic after TNT agreed to employ the residents, all of whom are under 25.

“We work hard to help our residents who need that little extra support, and a result like this is just so satisfying,” Cr Atmaca said.

“A job can change your life because it assists you to put food on the table, maintain a roof over your head and enables you to pay those bills.

“Most of the residents who are now cadets at TNT reside in the Broadmeadows, Jacana and Dallas area, and quite a few of them have been through some challenging times.

“One of the new recruits did not have a permanent home, but this job has enabled him to secure an ongoing residence in Roxburgh Park, and that is really good news.”

As part of the recruitment process, Hume City Council worked with TNT to determine their employment needs, pre-screened candidates, and conducted workshops to help residents prepare for interviews.

Council officers also sourced referrals and helped TNT to shortlist candidates.

People who were successful in the recruitment process commenced at TNT in April, and Hume has provided ongoing support to assist the cadets as they adjust to their new roles.

Cr Atmaca congratulated TNT for employing Hume residents.

“TNT is a global company and we’re proud that they have quite a presence in Hume,” he said.

“The plant near Melbourne Airport processes thousands of parcels every day, and it offers a variety of opportunities for the new cadets.

“It’s terrific that a number of our young people have the opportunity to be part of such a big organisation, and I’m sure they will develop many skills in the months and years ahead.”

As part of the Local Jobs for Local People Program, Council also hosted a Job Week event in early May.

More than 240 residents attended and participated in sessions about how to apply for roles in a variety of sectors, and ways to perform in job interviews.

Major employers supported the workshops, including Corrections Victoria, Apprenticeship Groups Australia, Parkroyal and Goonawarra Estate.

Cr Atmaca said the Job Week initiative has also assisted residents to further their career prospects.

“Employers collected a total of 97 resumes throughout Job Week and we predict that between 12 and 25 people will be offered a position as a result,” he said.

“This is great, and it’s an example of the practical support that Hume City Council offers to assist individual residents to live the life they desire.”

Several of local organisations and agencies helped Council to organise Job Week, via the Hume Jobs and Skills Taskforce, and the Employment and Learning Committee Broadmeadows/Craigieburn.

Hume City Council also facilitates a number of additional counselling and training opportunities through its Together 3047 project, which aims to help many of the community’s most disadvantaged people.

For further information on Hume’s employment programs, visit here or call 03 9205 2200.

Updated : 5:28 PM, 28 May 2015

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