Creating New Opportunities
GROW Gippsland seeks to make a positive social impact by maximising opportunities for those who may otherwise have barriers to finding work. This social impact can be achieved through direct employment or by buying from social enterprise, Aboriginal business, or businesses that pro-actively employ job seekers with barriers to work.
In addition to maximising local employment opportunities, GROW Gippsland intentionally focusses on employment opportunities for young people, transitioning workers, Aboriginal people, people with a disability and long-term unemployed.
Social procurement occurs when businesses buy products and services from Aboriginal business, social enterprises and businesses that provide inclusive employment pathways. Social procurement supports the growth of these 'social benefit suppliers' and provides more jobs and employment pathways for people who have experienced barriers to work.
Inclusive employment occurs when organisations take proactive steps to employ people who have experienced barriers to work (eg. individuals from disadvantaged areas, the long term unemployed, Aboriginal people, people with a disability and young people). It promotes fair and equitable access to decent employment, ensuring satisfactory pay and conditions, career prospects and opportunities for social integration.