Improving career opportunities for transgender women

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In a partnership with not-for-profit organisation, Fitted for Work, the Victorian Government is expanding job opportunities for transgender women.

Transgender people face multiple barriers to participation in employment and may also face difficulties gaining recognition for their prior employment or qualifications due to name or gender changes.

Through the Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund (JVIF), $227,000 is being invested in Fitted for Work, a non-for-profit organisation helping those experiencing disadvantage to get ready for work.

Fitted for Work’s pilot Transgender Women Program will provide 200 transwomen and gender diverse jobseekers with tailored support to gain work or transition while at work, improving their economic security.

Fitted for Work has already helped more than 35,000 women to secure and maintain employment over the last 14 years. The organisation assists women who are experiencing disadvantage and helps them into employment by providing advice on presentation, outfitting, resumé writing and interview preparation.

The program, which has been developed in consultation with the Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Ro Allen, will provide services such as mentoring, outfitting services, work readiness workshops, and networking. It will also connect participants to health, legal and financial support.

Watch the video above, and find out more at the Fitted for Work website.