Christopher Lockley working at Riordan Grain


Christopher & Martin Newnham from Riordan Grain


Sarah Saenger working at the TAC


Kayla, Lynette Morgan & Sarah from the TAC


Kayla Bartolo working at the TAC

Youth@Work was a Victoriaworks program coordinated by GRVEC that tailored employment assistance to young people aged between 16-19 who were disengaged from education and work and likely to be registered with Centrelink. Our mission was to prevent these young people from falling into the trap of long term unemployment and poverty and the personal and social consequences of this for them and the community.


Youth@Work assists young people in our community who may experience disadvantages get one of the most important things in life – a meaningful job.


Youth@Work provided participants with help in employability skills, vocational skills and provided personal support as required to establish a minimum 16 week paid work position.


Congratulations to all participants who completed the training delivered by The Gordon & Diversitat, and were successful in their efforts to gain ongoing employment.


We would like to acknowledge and thank the following organisations and businesses for their support;

  • Barwon Water
  • St Laurence Community Services
  • KLD Flooring
  • Riordan Grain Services
  • Stuck on You
  • Sydney's Furniture & Bedding
  • TAC
  • Diversitat
  • Sferco's Aluminium
  • Workskil
  • G-Force
  • The Gordon


We would like to share some of our success stories with you;


Christopher Lockley – Riordan Grain Services

GRVEC approached Diversitat Youth JSA to assist with finding young jobseekers to participate in the Youth@Work initiative.  Mary from Diversitat Youth JSA conducted a Job Ready Program as part of the partnership with GRVEC to assist participants become ready for work.


During the 2 week Job Ready Program, Mary (Diversitat) and Annabel (GRVEC) worked with Christopher preparing him for job interviews and all the other aspects of commencing employment and working life.  Christopher was highly keen and motivated to obtain employment and worked really hard to remain confident.  Christopher obtained two job interviews during the program and then secured a full time position with Riordan Grain Services.  Chris started full time employment in July 2010 and is growing from strength to strength.


“Chris is a conscientious, hard working and popular addition to the Riordan group. We are pleased to have him on board.” Martin Newnham, CFO


Sarah Saenger and Kayla Bartolo - Transport Accident Commission (TAC)

Both Sarah and Kayla were successful in their interviews for a 12 month business admin traineeship at the TAC.  Commencing in October they are now more than 4 months into their traineeship and are well adjusted to the corporate environment.  Both girls are enjoying the challenges that go with a new job but according to their supervisor, Lyn Morgan, both are doing a fantastic job and are now an integral part of the team.


“Kayla is a very hard worker and often makes suggestions for improvements to procedures.”

“Sarah is a thorough learner and is excellent at building rapport with the TAC staff and external service providers.” Lynette Morgan, Team Manager, Claims Services


G-Force is the legal employer of the girls, while the TAC are the ‘host employer’. The Gordon provides the course component of the traineeship.


This contract was managed by Workforce Victoria in the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (DIIRD).