Our WorkPlace (formerly known at Next Steps to Employment) was developed in 2016 as a one year pilot project. The goal of the pilot project was to determine whether a low-barrier employment program was going to be something that Victoria needed among the existing programs.
Next Steps to Employment opened in November 2017, with a pilot group of 12 participants. In its first eight months, the program has worked with 28 individuals to support them towards employment.
Over the last 4 years, Our WorkPlace has gone through several changes with programming and staff, but ultimately our goal of meeting people with barriers to employment where they are at and supporting them through the back to work process.