MatchWorks and Geelong Cats will again collaborate to deliver a 10-week employment program for young job seekers in the Geelong region.

The Cats Match program launches for a second time at the Deakin Cats Community Centre this week, with 25 job seekers signed up and ready to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing, as well as learning employability related skills.

Participants will be assisted throughout the 10-week program with resumes and applications, interview techniques and securing employment, as well as addressing other barriers they may have faced when previously entering the workforce. Guest speakers will include local employers, apprenticeship providers and welfare services.

Executive Director Renae Lowry said MatchWorks was excited to again team up with the Cats after a successful pilot program last year.

Participants graduate from the Cats Match program
Participants graduate from last year’s Cats Match program.

“More than 18 job seekers were placed into employment as a result of the first Cats Match program, while an additional five participants went on to further study. That was a fantastic outcome for all involved, and we continued to support all participants to pursue further study and work options,” she said.

“The participants will really benefit from developing skills including business and social etiquette, increased self-awareness, developing routines, makeovers and presentation for work, interview skills, modern recruitment practices and much more.”

Geelong Cats General Manager Community Development Sarah Albon said: “Cats Match was a resounding success in 2017 with great employment outcomes. Cats players and staff will again assist participants to improve their physical and mental health with health and wellbeing sessions. These sessions have a focus on empowering young people to make good choices.”

Cats Match officially launches at the Deakin Cats Community Centre on Thursday, March 1 and will include a tour of GMHBA Stadium.

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