We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first inhabitants of where we live, learn and work and we pay our respects to Elders past, living and emerging.
VirtualCC operates across Regional Victoria which is defined as the regions of Loddon Mallee, Hume, Gippsland, Grampians and Barwon South West. These regions include the lands of the following people and nations: Ladjilladji, Jarijari, Dadi Dadi, Wadiwadi, Ngargad, Wenbawemba, Wergaia, Baraba Baraba, Dja Dja Wurrung (Jaara), Yorta Yorta, Nguraiilam, Waveroo, jaitmangtang, Ngarigo, Bidwell, Gunai (Kurnai), Woi Wurrung (Wurundjeri), Bun Wurrung, Watha Wurrung, Gulidjan, Gadubanud, Djab Wurrung, Djargurd Wurrung, Girai Wurrung, Dhauwurd Wurrung,(Gunditjmara), Buandig, Bindjali. Jardwadjali.
Our purpose is to overcome Ageism in employment of over 50's in Regional Australia.
We believe that much of this Ageism is tied to the belief that Over 50s struggle in an IT enabled environment.
Our Mission is to create jobs for Over 50’s in Regional Victoria by employing them in a Work From Home Contact Centre that gives Over 50s demonstrated experience in an IT enabled environment at the same time as providing jobs that will either sustain them or allow them to re-engage in work based on their career experience.
Our beneficiaries are unemployed over 50s in Regional Australia. In the future, we intend to extend this criteria to include those disadvantaged by their cultural background, long term employment status, or gender.
By providing these services we aim to increase self respect and improve the mental health outcomes for disadvantaged regional Victorians.
Retrenched over-50s are highly represented in suicide statistics, particularly in regional Victoria. Each suicide impacts approximately 135 other lives.
Studies of suicides during the 2008 – 2010 Global Financial Crisis by Oxford University compared suicide data from before 2007 with the years of the crisis and found more than 10,000 “economic suicides” associated with the recession across the U.S., Canada and Europe.
According to the researchers, the primary risk factors for the increased suicide rate were:
Age-based discrimination within the workplace
VirtualCC is doing something about these issues by providing employment opportunities.
Whether as a transitional step for skilled workers or as an ongoing role, VirtualCC gives dignity, flexibility and financial resilience to regional Victorians.