Talent’s Foundation, Talent RISE and PeoplePlus Australia have been awarded a $1.2 million Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) grant to deliver training and employment opportunities to Victorian youth over the next 2.5 years.


Under the program, funded by the Victorian government, Talent RISE and PeoplePlus will provide pathways for youth who are unemployed, and drive active engagement with employers to identify new employment opportunities through training and work placements.

The grant is administered by Jobs Victoria, a government agency that provides funding for specialist employment services that will assist unemployed Victorians gain on-going employment.

Tackling the high rates of Youth Unemployment is a key focus for both Talent RISE and PeoplePlus. Talent RISE is committed to mobilising the global technology community to roll up their sleeves and deliver real world solutions to the youth unemployment crisis.

Talent RISE Chairman Richard Earl commented “We are thrilled to receive this funding and be partnering with PeoplePlus to help unemployed youth in Victoria. Talent RISE has big plans to achieve our goal of creating more jobs within the global technology sector for young people, inspiring the next generation of technology leaders.”

Roger Antochi Talent RISE Program Manager said “This Grant funding is a first for the Talent RISE foundation and I believe will give us the assistance needed to make real life change in a positive way to many of our most vulnerable Youth in the State of Victoria. The collaboration with PeoplePlus Australia also gives us the opportunity and resources to deliver great services delivery to young people involved in the program to help break the cycle of multi-generational unemployment and open their eyes to the world of innovation and technology.”

Participants in the Talent RISE and PeoplePlus program will receive ongoing support and assistance to find and retain employment, with each participant in the program being employed for at least 26 weeks.

For more information on this program, please contact Roger Antochi, Talent RISE Program Manager on +61 3 9602 4222 or email roger.antochi@talentrise.org