Real Industry Job Interviews

Real Industry Job Interviews

The Real Industry Job Interviews Program provides young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to take on the current job market.

RIJI is a work-readiness program that assists students in developing good job search, resume writing and interviewing skills. The program is delivered as part of a school’s curriculum throughout a series of guided lesson plans and culminates in a face-to-face interview with a local volunteer employer during a RIJI event.

Who’s Involved

Local Students: Year 10-12 students in all schools and alternative settings in the cities of Darebin, Moreland and Yarra are invited to participate. In 2016, we had over 750 students enrolled across 19 schools.

Employment Agencies: Employment agencies including Job Active Providers (JA), Disability Employment Services (DES) & Government Training Organisations (GTOs) as well as recruitment departments can directly engage and support schools to deliver four out of seven lessons that form part of the RIJI Program. The Inner Northern LLEN assists in brokering partnerships between employment agencies and schools.

Local Employers: Local employers support the program by being involved as volunteer interviewers. Volunteer interviewers are responsible for reviewing and providing feedback for up to 10 student job applications. They also participate in a ½-day round of interviews during a RIJI event.

Links to the Curriculum

The RIJI program has been mapped against AusVELs and VCAL curriculum specifically:

  • Victorian Careers Curriculum Framework
  • AUSVELS (Humanities – Economics, English, Interpersonal Development)
  • VCAL (Literacy, Work Related Skills)

If embedded, teachers or careers practitioners can deliver the program with students completing work as part of their credited work in class.

In 2016, the RIJI Program was offered, for a seventh consecutive year, to all Year 10 students in the cities of Darebin, Moreland and Yarra. Initially, twenty-five schools and educational settings signed up to participate in the program. Of these, nineteen completed the program by having students go through the interview events. Eleven schools were supported by employment agencies or HR departments to deliver program lessons. Three events were delivered – one in each municipality – involving 111 volunteer interviewers from 50 different organisations.

This program is a real community effort and would not be possible without the participation of schools, service providers and local employers.


Get involved

Expressions of Interest to volunteer in the 2017 RIJI Program
Contact us to find out how you or your organisation can get involved.

  1. Engage and work directly with a local school to deliver work readiness training to local students. We work with mainstream, special (list) or alternative settings to deliver one to four RIJI lessons, one hour per week over four weeks at most, and as little as one hour involvement over all.
  2. Volunteer to be a RIJI interviewer (1/2 day commitment at a local event, interview young people from local schools).

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Key dates for 2017

24 March – Expression of Interest Closing Date
4 May – Teacher Professional Development Workshop, PRACE
May – Matching Schools With Employment/ Recruitment Specialist
14 June – Teacher Professional Development Workshop, Coburg High School, 101 Urquhart St, Coburg from 9.30am to 12.30pm. RSVP by Friday, 2 June.
17 July (Start of Third term) –  7-Week Program Commences. This consists of 7 x 1-hour sessions supported by teacher resource and an employment/recruitment specialist
15 September – Student Resume And Application Letter Due

Tuesday, 17 October – Yarra Region – Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy
Thursday, 19 October – Darebin Region – Melbourne Polytechnic, Preston Campus, 77 St Georges Rd, Preston
Tuesday, 24 October – Moreland Region Tuesday 24th October 2017 – Batman Royale, 14 Gaffney St, Coburg

1-2 days after your school’s event – Interviewer feedback received by schools



2- Bendigo Bank

3-Darebin City Council

4- Darebin YC


7- Moreland City Council

8- Moreland YC

9- City of Yarra


Who to Contact

Jansu Gaz
Partnership Broker
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