Bridge Housing’s new Employment Support Coordinator for our Bridge to Work employment program is an experienced hand at helping secure jobs for candidates who find the job market challenging.

Sam Belhajji joined Bridge Housing after working as an employment consultant in various roles, including most recently on the Federal Government’s ParentsNext pre-employment program, working with young parents to prepare them for entering or re-entering the workforce. 

However, Sam’s journey in this field really began in Melbourne when, as an 18-year-old, she worked with an employment consultant to land a traineeship, then a job, as a clerk register in the Sunshine Magistrates Court. There, she not only saw the difficulties some people face in sustaining work and a roof over their heads, but she was inspired by her employment consultant.

The Bridge to Work job came at the right time late last year through our disability employment partner, CoAct. “I wanted a career change and I really wanted to work in social housing, so when I got the call from CoAct and read the job description, it was everything I wanted.”

The mother of two young children never stops. “I go from one job to another job every day,” she jokes.

Sam’s appointment coincides with a fantastic independent evaluation of Bridge to Work, which showed we are hitting the mark in helping residents to secure and sustain meaningful employment. Read more.

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