Victoria is now the hardest places to get a job in Australia, with almost nine unemployed people for every vacancy.
That comes after cuts at Boeing last week and the planned closure of manufacturing at Holden, Toyota and Ford.
Gary Williams, of Noble Park, said the job agencies kept advertising for non-existent jobs.
Mr Williams, 63, is struggling to make ends meet with inconsistent casual work.
He said that when he was interviewed by some job agencies he was offered training instead of a job.
“They advertise work but they haven’t got it,” he said.
“It's a scam. I told them training’s no good for me, I want some work.”
Vinnies spokesman Gavin Dufty said the charity was receiving more calls from people who had just lost their jobs, or had hours cut, particularly in the outer suburbs of Melbourne.
The older you are, the harder it is to get back into the workforce and if you’re young and you haven’t got a track record it’s hard to get in,” he said.
Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Dave Oliver said he was concerned about the quality of training offered by some providers.
“There are bottom feeders who try to take advantage of people who are unemployed,” he said.
“They offer training but the bulk of it doesn’t lead to genuine employment.”
State Opposition employment spokesman Tim Pallas said that the State Government needed to fast-track major projects to kick start the economy.
“They not only create an economic benefit from the infrastructure but they provide a short-term boost to economic activity,” he said.
He said that the Napthine Government had failed to create enough full-time jobs to replace those that were being lost in the manufacturing sector.
But Treasurer Michael O’Brien said that there were 18,900 extra full time jobs in Victoria and 64,200 additional jobs since the Coalition came to office.
“While Labor spent under $900 million on vocational education and training — much of this on ‘lifestyle’ courses — the Coalition is investing over $1.2 billion on more job-ready training for Victorians,” he said.
heraldsun.com.au 6 Apr 2014
While this is all happening the government imports slave labour into Melbourne at a rate of 1000 immigrants per week.