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The Bridge Employment

The professional solution for employers in Melbourne’s south east

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The Bridge Employment provides personalised services in recruitment and employment across Melbourne’s south-east.

We have eight offices across the region. For over 25 years, we have been helping thousands of jobseekers find work and hundreds of employers find the right person for the job.

Whether you are interested in job search training, assistance in advertising your job, or even someone to help out with your interviews,
The Bridge Employment has the expertise you need.


Next Step by The Bridge Employment focuses on supporting people with a disability to develop the skills required in the workplace.

If you want to get a job, but don’t yet have the skills or confidence, Next Step can help you.

Read more about the Next Step program.

Watch Vanitta's story video

Vanitta's Work Experience

Building a bridge from school to work, Vanitta is gaining valuable work experience and gaining skills and confidence. The Interactive Work Experience Project by The Bridge Employment is raising employment expectations for young people with disabilities who are at Special Developmental Schools in South East Melbourne.


Watch Campbell's story video

Campbell's Journey into Employment

Getting your first job is an important step that many of us take for granted. For many young people with barriers or disabilities extra supports may be needed, but that does not take away the pride of getting your first pay check for a job well done. Campbell shares his story of getting his first job after finishing school.


Watch Lucy's story video

Lucy's Journey towards Employment

Lucy has been building skills by completing work experience and is keen to continue progressing into paid employment. She has great aspirations for the future, and has shared her story with us. Each step you take will help you reach your goals!


Anthony in the mechanics shop where he worksAnthony: On solid ground

Being able to make choices in life and having others to back you up is something that many people take for granted. While Anthony has moved his life in a positive direction, he hasn’t always had such freedom or encouragement.

Anthony recalls a time when he struggled with medical issues, some of which got in the way of work. “I also had to deal with an unstable family life,” he said. “A lot of this was because of my long-term unemployment and it put a great deal of stress on my family.”

Anthony’s commitment to his life is admirable. He is now fully employed and excelling at work. Anthony is ambitious and has a clear sense of pride and satisfaction in his work. He is softly spoken, humble and welcomes people with a friendly smile. “I really enjoy my work and I like it that people rely on me to keep the workshop in top order.”

Anthony working in a mechanics' shopWhen Anthony was thinking about how to change his life he said he was lucky to have an excellent DES team supporting him. “They opened new pathways for me and helped me sort through a few conflicting moral issues. They sharpened up a few of my old skills and I ended up with a great job. I wake up each day and am happy to go to work, and for that I am grateful.

“My income gives me security, stability and certain luxuries I didn't have before. But most of all it gives me options that I couldn't have considered while I was unemployed.”

With a greater sense of self-worth Anthony knows that one day he could become a trainer or facilitator. “I don’t have to worry about that for now. My job has given me new pathways to consider. The staff at The Bridge helped me unearth a confidence in myself that will remain forever. I now have the skills to maintain a solid and enjoyable work life and that is what I’m most thankful for.”