Empowering YOUth Initiatives

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

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.

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

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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.

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Empowering YOUth Initiatives in NSW

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.

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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.

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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.

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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, Blxacktown and Parramatta.
Participants
Recently arrived culturally and linguistically diverse migrants or refugees.

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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.

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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.

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Empowering YOUth Initiatives in QLD

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.

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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.

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Empowering YOUth Initiatives in WA

Swim for Life

YMCA Perth and Community Services

Swim for Life develops the employability of young people through training to become graduates of the lifeguard program. Successful graduates will be guaranteed an offer of casual employment. 

Location
South Hedland, Geraldton, Narrogin and Albany.
Participants
Indigenous young people.

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Solid Youth

White Lion

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.

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Young Harvest

Great Southern Employment Development Committee

Participants of this initiative will gain causal 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 and Katanning.
Participants
Young people from disadvantaged and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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Empowering YOUth Initiatives in NT

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.

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Empowering YOUth Initiatives in SA

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.

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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.

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Empowering YOUth Initiatives in TAS

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.

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Empowering YOUth Initiatives in VIC

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.

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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.

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Youth Spark IT

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.

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