Given the Chance

Given the Chance is one of the longest running and most effective employment support programs.

Given the Chance is a Brotherhood program supporting disadvantaged job seekers into paid employment by partnering with a variety of business across different industries.

We recognise that marginalised job seekers require higher levels of support, and therefore participants and employers are fully supported prior to and during employment to maximise positive outcomes.

With Given the Chance, employers are able to grow and diversify their workforce, foster social benefit and inclusion in workplace communities and meet their social procurement objectives. As well as this, job seekers gain invaluable workplace experience and usually go on to further employment after their initial placement.

After the success of the initiative in Victoria, Given the Chance is now being extended to select sites nationally to meet the demands of even more employers and job seekers.

Features of the program

  • Each employee is appointed a field officer to help navigate the transition to employment.
  • We can also support employers with cultural awareness training prior to commencement.
  • Our unique four-part support model can be tailored to each individual case, providing as little or as much assistance as needed.

Types of Employment

  • Labour Hire
  • Traineeships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Long term, casual and short term positions

Who is eligible?

  • We work with the long-term unemployed; young people; mature-aged people; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; people seeking asylum, refugees, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and many other groups facing disadvantage while looking for work.

Current Vacancies

Contact us

Centre for Work and Learning

Email: gtc(at)
Web: Visit the Given the Chance website 

Employers interested in learning more about the program can contact:

Simon Gray, 0427 258 521 or simon.gray(at) 


Given the Chance - Money well spent

For every dollar spent on supporting an asylum seeker to find work, there is a $3 benefit. That is the conclusion of an independent analysis by auditors KPMG of the Brotherhood’s Given the Chance program.

Overall program benefits are more than $7 million. This benefit is shared between the Federal Government (in taxation revenue and reduced welfare payments) and program participants (via increased personal income).

Read the report and find out more in this short video.


At a forum hosted by the Brotherhood to mark World Refugee Day in June 2019, Senior Manager Given the Chance, Jo Tabit and Oliver Krane Associate Director, Management Consulting, KPMG Australia spoke about the success of the program.

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