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 secondary schools, special schools and alternative settings in the cities of Darebin, Moreland and Yarra are invited to participate. There are currently over 950 students participating in the program across 20 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 2017, the RIJI Program was offered, for an eighth consecutive year, to Year 10 to 12   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, twenty-two schools completed the program by having students go through the interview events. Fifteen schools were supported by employment agencies or HR departments to deliver program lessons. Three events were delivered – one in each municipality – involving 106 volunteer interviewers from 60 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 2018 RIJI Program

  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)


Contact Jansu Gaz, Partnership Broker to register your interest.

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Key dates for 2018

30 March – Expression of Interest Closing Date

May – Matching Schools with Employment/Recruitment Specialist

30 May – Teacher Professional Development Workshop

16 July – 7 Week Program Commences (7 x 1 hour sessions supported by Teacher    Resource/ Recruitment Specialist)

14 September – Student Resume and Application Letter Due


Moreland Region:
Tuesday, 16 October – Batman Royale, 14 Gaffney Street, Coburg 

Darebin Region:
Thursday, 18 October –  Melbourne Polytechnic, Preston Campus, 77 St Georges Rd, Preston

Yarra Region:
Tuesday, 23 October – Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy

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
Email Jansu