Empowering YOUth Initiatives

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Empowering YOUth Initiatives support new, innovative approaches to help long-term unemployed young people aged 15 to 24 years  to improve their skills and move toward sustainable employment.

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Empowering YOUth Initiatives in your state/territory

Empowering YOUth Initiatives are operating across Australia. Initiatives range from developing a gamification app, getting careers information from a travelling caravan, working in a social enterprise or getting hands on building skills on a practical training site.

Job seekers on income support payments must meet their Mutual Obligation Requirements to receive their income support payment. Participation in Empowering YOUth Initiatives may contribute towards these requirements (this may include job seekers within an Annual Activity Requirement or Early School Leavers participation in Activities). More information can be found in the Empowering YOUth Initiatives Guideline.

Select your state/territory on the map below to find a list of the Empowering YOUth Initiatives being delivered in your state/territory.

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Empowering YOUth Initiative delivered Australia-wide

Digital Industry Mentor Service

headspace

Through the Digital Industry Mentor Service young people will connect online with experienced industry mentors in order to develop their confidence, networking and soft skills. Mentors will increase employment opportunities for participants through existing networks and setting realistic goals that align with participants’ skills and work-readiness.

Location
Australia wide
Participants
Young people aged 15-24 years.
Initiative period
5 June 2017 to 4 June 2019

Employment First Aid (E+)

Impact Community Services

Through an anonymous telephone hotline service and digital platforms, Employment First Aid (E+), participants and employers will have access to advice and support designed to enhance confidence and resilience in the workplace. The service will promote a range of strategies that employers and employees can adopt to improve retention of young people in employment.

Location
Australia Wide
Participants
Young people aged 15-24 years who are in the first six months of their employment.
Initiative period
19 June 2017 to 18 June 2019

Building Stronger Futures

Vision Australia

Through the Building Stronger Futures initiative young people who are blind or have low vision will receive pre-employment support in a simulated work environment to develop soft skills, communication skills, interview techniques and explore career options. This will be combined with mental health support to help young people gain permanent employment.

Location
Regional and metropolitan areas in the ACT, NSW, Queensland and Victoria
Participants
Building Strong Futures if for young people aged 15-24 years who are blind or have low vision and are not currently enrolled in school.
Initiative period
30 June 2017 to 31 March 2019

Get Moving

Workskil Australia

The Get Moving initiative will see participants living in regional and urban locations with slow labour markets offered an integrated package of assistance to relocate to sustainable employment. Participants will receive support with travel, resettlement, housing, peer support, well-being, family dynamics and mentoring.

Location
New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
Participants
Young people aged 18-24 years who are willing to relocate to undertake permanent employment and unemployed and not in education or accredited training.
Initiative period
23 June 2017 to 22 June 2019

Digital Work and Study Service

Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Headspace is a national youth mental health foundation. This initiative provides intensive vocational assistance to young people through a digital platform. It focuses on promoting a healthy mental state and connecting with local employers and the workforce.

Location
Australia wide.
Participants
Young Indigenous people, early school leavers and young people in regional centres with mild to moderate mental health issues.
Initiative runs from
30 June 2016 to 30 June 2018

YAppE – Youth App

Black Swan Health Ltd

YAppE – Youth App Employment is an interactive, user-centred app for young people experiencing mental health concerns to support them to sustain employment. The data provided through the app will be tracked and monitored by a team of mental health professionals ready to provide personalised support and immediate assistance when required.

Location
Australia wide.
Participants
Young people aged 15-24 years who with symptoms of a mental health issue, willing to receive support in relation to this issue, have a mobile device capable of supporting the app.
Initiative runs from
1 May 2017 to 30 April 2019

Youth Community

Karingal Inc

The Youth Community model, young people will build strong peer-support networks and be supported in developing their social skills, leadership skills, marketing skills, employability, confidence and motivation to seek employment. This program includes access to online platforms incorporating gamification and rewards to motivate participants to reach goals and complete the program while also receiving mentoring support.

Location
Queensland - Strathpine, Chermside, Cairns
South Australia - Noarlunga Centre, Norwood, Oakland Park,
Victoria - Bendigo, Werribee, Epping
Participants
Young people aged 15-24 years who are unemployed for 12 months or more.
Initiative runs from
30 June 2017 to 29 June 2019

Empowering YOUth Initiatives in NSW

Indigenous Apprenticeship Readiness Programme

NECA Electrical Apprenticeships

Through the Indigenous Apprenticeship Readiness Programme Indigenous young people will gain the skills, experience and self-esteem to successfully begin an electrical apprenticeship. They will also be provided with mentoring support and personal development training through the Mulga Gidgee Indigenous community organisation.

Location
Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter region
Initiative period
8 May 2017 to 7 May 2019

Road2Wheels

Apprentices Trainees Employment Ltd.

In the Road2Wheels mentoring-based driver education program, young people will receive financial planning and employability skills training including interview techniques, understanding employer expectations and job search techniques. Successful participants will be supported in their pursuit to obtain a driver’s licence, secure a job and achieve their goal of purchasing a vehicle.

Location
Wagga Wagga or Albury/Wodonga area or surrounding areas.
Initiative period
13 June 2017 to 12 June 2019

Skillsroad Show

NSW Business Chamber

Skillsroad Show engages with local communities to tackle youth unemployment by sourcing local opportunities for young people. A travelling caravan will be visiting 70 towns across New South Wales to provide careers advice to young people.

Location
NSW regional areas.
Participants
Young people in regional NSW.
Initiative period
9 June 2016 to 10 June 2018

Productivity Bootcamp in Construction

Graceades Community Cottage

Productivity Bootcamp in Construction provides a mix of industry-based construction and building training. Participants will gain accreditation by completing hands on practical training at a building site training centre where they learn skills from experienced and qualified tradespeople.

Location
South West and Western Sydney.
Participants
Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse young people and socially disadvantaged young people.
Initiative runs from
1 June 2016 to 30 May 2018

Youth at Work

Settlement Services International

Youth at Work focuses on helping young migrants and refugees keep their jobs by mentoring employees and working with employers to break down the cultural barriers that prevent sustained employment.

Location
South West Sydney and Greater Western Sydney.
Participants
Recently arrived culturally and linguistically diverse migrants or refugees.
Initiative runs from
20 May 2016 to 20 May 2018

Hoop Dreams

Charity Bounce

Utilising the high profile and role models from the Sydney Kings Basketball team, disengaged young are encouraged to take part in a variety of events, coaching and mentoring, job placements and leadership programs.

Location
Redfern, Canterbury Bankstown, Blacktown and Parramatta.
Participants
Recently arrived culturally and linguistically diverse migrants or refugees.
Initiative runs from
1 June 2016 to 1 June 2018

NextGEN Digital Development

Kiama Community College

Young people in this initiative have access to supported training and paid work to encourage interest and employability in the ICT area through the Digital Business Hub social enterprise.

Location
Wollongong, Shellharbour, Nowra, Goulburn and Queanbeyan.
Participants
Young people at risk of long term unemployment, including young people with Asperger’s syndrome or related conditions.
Initiative runs from
29 June 2016 to 29 June 2018

Career Club with Brisbane Broncos

Brisbane Broncos Rugby League

Run by the Brisbane Broncos, this initiative engages with young people, focusing on increasing their retention rates at school and employment prospects. This is achieved through case management (including families), skills training, careers assistance and intensive support.  

Location
Lismore and Ballina.
Participants
Indigenous young people and early school leavers.
Initiative runs from
23 May 2016 to 23 May 2018

Youth Pathways and Placement Project

Settlement Services International

Young people will gain employability skills and work experience through short-term employment in a range of social enterprises. They will receive targeted on-the-job training, and get assistance to address personal barriers with a focus on supporting families and communities.

Location
Inner South West Sydney, Blacktown area, or greater Liverpool-Fairfield.
Participants
Young people aged 15-24 years, refugees or new arrivals, young parents, early school leavers, has a disability, homeless, in out-of-home care, in or exiting juvenile justice.
Initiative runs from
2 June 2017 to 1 June 2019

Empowering YOUth Initiatives in QLD

Empowering Youth to Thrive

Pathways to Resilience Trust

The Empowering Youth to Thrive initiative uses a neuroscience approach to empower young people in learning and happiness, assist with transitioning into employment, increase confidence and ensure they build stronger relationships in the workplace.

The initiative will work collaboratively with families and caregivers, as well as employers to ensure participants receive a range of case management support.

Location
Queensland - Logan City Local Government Area, Inala, Carole Park or Acacia Ridge
Participants
Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Pacifica young people aged 15-24 years (although non-indigenous people may apply).
Initiative runs from
8 May 2017 to 7 May 2019

Driving School Social Enterprise

Fraser Coast Training Employment Support Service

Driving School Social Enterprise connects young people with a driving school business and provides them with opportunities to undertake work experience and accredited training, and work towards earning their drivers’ licences.

Location
Gympie, Maryborough, Hervey Bay/Pialba, Bundaberg, Biggenden/Gayndah and Cherbourg.
Participants
Young people from disadvantaged and Indigenous backgrounds.
Initiative runs from
11 April 2016 to 11 April 2018

Buzzing

United Synergies

This flexible 12 week program provides participants with real life experience in the hospitality industry through accredited training, motivating activities and support from industry mentors. Participants will also take part in the development of an interactive gamification app to support learning activities.

Location
Sunshine Coast.
Participants
Young people aged 15-24 from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Initiative runs from
27 June 2016 to 27 February 2018

Recycle Your Dreams

QLD Youth Services

The Recycle Your Dreams is a social enterprise that recycles goods for re-sale. Young people will engage in daily operations to develop their entrepreneurial skills, including business planning, product design, product making and product distribution.

Location
Townsville
Participants
Young people aged 15-24 at risk of long term unemployment
Initiative runs from
10 May 2017 to 9 May 2019

Empowering YOUth Initiatives in WA

Anglicare WA

Designing for an Independent Future (D4IF)

The Designing for an Independent Future initiative will design, test and implement new intervention methods to meet the needs of homeless young people in the Perth metropolitan area to assist in their connection to employment.

Location
Perth Metropolitan Area
Participants
Young people aged 15-24 years who are homeless or in temporary housing arrangements.
Initiative period
30 June 2017 to 29 June 2019

Solid Youth

Whitelion

Participants of this initiative receive pre- and post-employment support and training, and undertake a range of work experience placements. This includes placements with external employers within a trades-based community refurbishment project and taking part as an employee in an aquaponics social enterprise.

Location
Northern Perth
Participants
Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Initiative runs from
30 June 2016 to 30 June 2018

Young Harvest

Great Southern Employment Development Committee

Participants of this initiative will gain casual employment in enterprises of bee keeping or garlic cropping with professional mentoring and development sessions to develop their skills and attributes. Participants are given ownership of their enterprise and the opportunity to make decisions about sales, promotion and marketing, how they farm, and business ethics. Another feature of this program is that young people are offered training to become translators or interpreters.

Location
Albany, Katanning and North Perth.
Participants
Young people from disadvantaged and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Initiative runs from
1 June 2016 to 1 June 2018

Empowering YOUth Initiatives in NT

Motoscouts

The Scouts Association NT Branch

Through the Motoscouts initiative participants will gain valuable employability skills and training by being part of a team building a Motorkhana-style car. Among other things, participants will have the opportunity to gain a Certificate I in Automotive, undertake driver training, obtain a White Card, First Aid training, financial training, cross-cultural training and work experience. They will also receive counselling and mentoring support during and after the completion of the program to ensure their success in finding stable work or further educational or vocational training.

Location
Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs and Batchelor
Initiative period
15 June 2017 to 14 June 2019

Becoming a Worker

Top End Group Training

Young school aged people living in regions of the Northern Territory have the opportunity to complete a Certificate I in Business, participate in work experience opportunities and be placed into employment or school-based apprenticeships or traineeships.

Location
Katherine, Tennant Creek and Gunbalanya.
Participants
Young people aged 15 to 18 years enrolled in school and in alternate educational programs who are at risk of long term unemployment.
Initiative runs from
27 June 2016 to 27 February 2018

Empowering YOUth Initiatives in SA

Cycle of Change

MAS National

The Cycle of Change initiative will use BMX riding workshops to engage and motivate young people at risk of disengaging from school. Through mentoring support and a range of vocational and non-vocational workshops, participants will explore behaviours and attitudes which have impacted their learning or transition to employment. They will be encouraged to complete Year 12 and explore better pathways to sustainable employment.

Location
South Australia - City of Playford (includes Blakeview, Elizabeth and Virginia), City of Salisbury (includes Edinburgh, Mawson Lakes, Paralowie and Ingle Farm) and City of Port Adelaide Enfield (includes North Haven, Port Adelaide, Regency Park and Winsor Gardens) regions.
Participants
Young people aged 15-24 years.
Initiative period
15 June 2017 to 14 June 2019

Pathfinder

Employment Options

Through the interactive Pathfinder game, young people will take part in virtual and real-world activities to increase their motivation and develop employability skills that will build their confidence and ability to enter the workforce. Pathfinder will incorporate gamification principles to motivate participants to reach goals and complete the program.

Location
South Australia: North-Eastern Adelaide
Participants
Young people aged 15-24 years.
Initiative period
14 June 2017 to 13 June 2019.

Tumbelin Go

Baptist Care (SA) Inc

Through the Tumbelin Go initiative, young people will take part in an adventure therapy program and will receive case management support and career planning.

Location
South Australia - Port Lincoln and the surrounding Eyre region; Southern Adelaide, which includes Hackham, Christies Beach, Christies Downs, Morphett Vale and Onkaparinga.
Participants
Tumbelin Go is for young people aged 15-24 years.
Initiative runs from
30 June 2017 to 29 June 2019

SSAYiT

Brain Injury SA

This 10 week program supports young people with acquired brain injuries gain skills and confidence to connect into employment, education and their community. SSAYiT provides ongoing support to participants which includes mentoring sessions with psychologists and vocational consultants, and training modules on work skills and personal life issues.

Location
Adelaide.
Participants
Young people with a traumatic brain injury or disability that impacts cognitive functioning.
Initiative runs from
29 April 2016 to 29 April 2018

Eyre Peninsula Journey to Work

Eyre Futures

This initiative supports young Indigenous people to build their cultural identity and self confidence, and connect with strong Indigenous community role models. Young people have the opportunity to take part in cultural on-country retreats, connect with local employers and are assisted to obtain their drivers’ licence.

Location
Eyre Peninsula including Port Lincoln, Whyalla Norrie and Ceduna.
Participants
Young Indigenous people.
Initiative runs from
15 June 2016 to 15 June 2018

Empowering YOUth Initiatives in TAS

Youth Entrepreneurial Services

Workskills Inc

The Youth Entrepreneurial Services (YES) social enterprise will provide supported work experience for young people prior to moving onto a work experience placement with a participating business host. Participants will be supported by a Youth Coach and Community Mentor to gain key employment skills through creating and selling their own products online. They will also run pop-up stores and markets using uniquely designed retail modules.

Location
Southern Tasmania.
Participants
Young people aged 15-24 years.
Initiative period
26 May 2017 to 25 May 2019.

Backswing

Colony 47

Backswing is a series of simulated workplace projects in which young people gain work skills through the development and delivery of community-derived advocacy campaigns on issues relevant to their local community. Participants in each project will pitch their campaign ideas to a panel of local employers and community representatives, who will guide and monitor each campaign.

Location
Southern Tasmania
Initiative period
29 May 2017 to 28 May 2019

20 in 2020

Big hART

Using art, digital technologies and performance platforms, this initiative increases the employability and community connections for young people in rural areas of northern Tasmania.

Location
Northwest TAS.
Participants
Young people in disadvantaged communities, particularly young women.
Initiative runs from
13 April 2016 to 13 October 2017

Empowering YOUth Initiatives in VIC

iEmpower Youth Cooperative

iEmpower Youth Inc

Participants in the iEmpower Youth Cooperative initiative will contribute to the establishment and management of a graffiti removal and cleaning cooperative, developing their employability skills and understanding of business management principles. They will also gain the experience necessary to branch out into other industries, including event preparation, security and property maintenance.

Location
Victoria - Western, Inner Western, Inner Northern suburbs and Inner Melbourne catchment area.
Participants
iEmpower Youth Cooperative is for young people aged 15-24 years who are who are currently unemployed.
Initiative period
23 June 2017 to 22 June 2019

20Squared

Workforce Plus

20Squared is a prototype multimedia game which allows young people to experience working with virtual clients and customers and to resolve work issues in the health care sector. Young people are provided training related to digital products and the prototype is developed by ICT experts. Young people are also given work-ready training, work experience placements with health care employers and intense training in the health care sector.

Location
Melbourne, Colac and Broadmeadows, Victoria.
Participants
Young people in disadvantaged communities particularly young women.
Initiative runs from
24 June 2016 to 24 June 2018

Equip!

Geelong Ethnic Communities Council

This 12 month program provides young people with career counselling, employability skills training, mentoring from an employee of a local industry and opportunities to undertake work experience.

Location
Greater Geelong.
Participants
Young people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background who are currently unemployed or in school or further education.
Initiative runs from
22 April 2016 to 22 April 2018

Youth BACE

Western BACE

Participants of this initiative receive support to gain Certificate level qualifications, training and paid traineeships in the information technology industry. Western BACE partners with Microsoft and other IT industry leaders.

Location
Brimbank and Melton.
Participants
Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Initiative runs from
16 June 2016 to 24 June 2018