With more than 80% of women supported by inTouch reporting unemployment, establishing financial independence after family violence ends is a challenge far too many women face. Our inSpire initiative is working to address this issue through a new pilot program, the Wattle Project.
Designed to address specific barriers to employment faced by women from migrant and refugee backgrounds including; a lack of confidence, little or no work experience in Australia, a lack of local referees and limited knowledge of the employment market, the Wattle Project empowers women to enter the Australian workforce. By matching each participant with a volunteer work experience position aligned to their skills, training and employment goals, the program supports women to gain experience in their field with a local organisation, make professional connections, and build confidence in their abilities.
We’re delighted to report back on the experience of the program’s first participant, Aruna, who completed five weeks, full-time volunteer work experience with ShineWing Australia’s Business and Private Clients Advisory (BPCA) and Tax division.