RIJI is a work readiness program that assists students in developing good job search, resume writing and interviewing skills. The program is delivered in Term 3 as part of a school's curriculum throughout a series of guided lesson plans. The program concludes in a face-to-face interview with a local volunteer employer during a RIJI event.
Schools deliver the program in Term 3 as part of a school's curriculum throughout a series of 7 guided lesson plans. Teachers are provided with a framework supported by a Teaching resource, developed in collaboration with RIJI Steering Committee members, and revised several times to keep with current employment and recruitment practices.
Year 9-12 students across 22 secondary schools including alternative settings and special schools in the cities of Darebin, Merri-bek and Yarra. There are over 1000 students currently participating in the program.
Local Employers Involvement
Local employers support the program in two ways:
- As an Industry Partner - working in partnership with the school by delivering work readiness training to students during the program.
- Volunteering as an interviewer at the Real Industry Job Interview Events in October where local employers provide feedback on resumes and interview performance.
This program is a real community effort and would not be possible without the participation of schools, service providers and local employers.
If you would like to support this program and make a positive contribution towards the development of young peoples work readiness skills and future employment outcomes. We are seeking volunteers to offer their time to be part of;
If you or your organisation would like to be engaged in the RIJI Program as an Industry Partner and co-deliver RIJI sessions in class. Email the RIJI coordinator.
If you'd like to volunteer as an interviewer for the 2023 mock interview events. Sign up at the following Eventbrite page (Coming soon).
Volunteers will be provided with the resume and job description for each student as well as some questions to help navigate the interview.
Time commitment: Full day at one or all events
For further information about the role of a volunteer interviewer, see the RIJI Interviewers Guide
Key Dates for 2022
Program Delivery - Schools 2023
1. Secondary School Expression of Interest:
Date: Friday 17th February 2023
2. Teacher Professional Development Workshop:
3. Confirm Student Numbers:
4. Student Resume and Application letters due:
5. Student Webinar - 'Preparing for an interview':
Mock Interview Events
11th, 13th, 18th and 20th of October 2022
Date: Tuesday, 11th of October
Venue: Coburg Town Hall
Date: Thursday 13th of October
Venue: Collingwood Town Hall, Collingwood
Date: Tuesday 18th & Thursday 20th of October
Venue: Darebin Arts Centre
RIJI Teachers Resource
This resource has been developed in collaboration with Real Industry Job Interviews (RIJI) Steering Committee members and has been revised a number of times to keep with current employment and recruitment practices.
Download a full copy of the latest Teachers Resource
or download the individual lesson plans (Pdf and Word document available).
Lesson Plan Outline Pdf
Program Checklist Pdf
Mock Interview Questions Pdf
|Lesson 01 - SELF ASSESSMENT||Lesson 02 - JOB SEARCHING|
|L01 - Activity Pdf |Word document||L02 - Activity Pdf |Word document|
|Lesson 03 - APPLYING FOR A JOB (S1)||Lesson 04 - APPLYING FOR A JOB (S2)|
|L03 - Activity Pdf |Word document||L04 - Activity Pdf |Word document|
|Lesson 05 - PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW (S1)||Lesson 06 - PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW (S2)|
|L05 - Activity Pdf |Word document||L06 - Activity Pdf |Word document|
|Lesson 07 - AFTER THE INTERVIEW|
|L07 - Activity Pdf |Word document|
Download all lessons ZIP file
Download all lesson handouts ZIP file
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Virtual Interview Tips
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Young Workers Rights at Work
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For secondary school students and other young people
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RIJI Lesson - Additional Resource
RIJI Lesson by lesson Resource guide
A handy list of resource links to support each lesson delivery. View
My First Job Series - Videos
My First Job video series. These short, sharp videos show how the speakers started out in their careers and give young jobseekers plenty of hard-won advice on forging their careers. View
Daniel Grech - Mas Experience
"The thing I most enjoy about the Program is getting interviewed by a stranger and having the experience of a real interview and what to expect from a job interview. I also get to ask questions which I got an excellent response."
"I find it a head start to finding and applying for a job for younger people. I enjoy making the resume and then taking to a real interviewer."
"I enjoyed writing the resume and finding out what my interests and future goals are. I also liked the fact that this interview could help prepare me when I get a job in the future."
"It made me feel good about myself by doing something on my own."
Participating RIJI Students
For general enquiries about the RIJI program contact: