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Launch into Work FAQs for Employers

What is Launch into Work? 

Launch into Work trials pre-employment projects that support job seekers to increase their skills, experience and confidence and secure sustainable employment. The program is suitable for employers who are willing to use a pre-employment project as a way of recruiting for positions that offer career pathways to job seekers. All pre-employment projects must include:

  • accredited and non-accredited training, tailored to the positions and/or the sector that the project relates to
  • work experience
  • participant mentoring
  • employment for suitable job seekers who successfully complete the pre-employment project.

Project duration is typically between 4 and 12 weeks.

While Launch into Work is primarily focussed on creating long-term employment pathways for women, men may also participate in the program.

What is the delivery timeframe for a project?

Projects will generally be between four and 12 weeks, depending on the needs of the employing organisation and the skills required for the positions. The department will work with you to co-design the project, including timeframes to meet employer and job seeker needs.

What funding is available?

The department procures pre-employment projects from employers. Projects are designed to develop job seekers' skills for the identified roles, and as such the cost of each project will differ. As part of the project co-design process, the department will work with you to identify all costs associated with the project and potential funding sources. Please note that state subsidised training should be utilised where possible. Applicants must demonstrate value for money and this will be factored in to the application assessment process.

How many job vacancies does the employer have to have to deliver a Launch into Work project? 

It is expected that a minimum of 10 jobs should be available to fill through delivery of a Launch into Work project. The number of project participants must not exceed the number of available jobs. Smaller employers may consider consortium arrangements where vacancies exist across each participating organisation. In such cases, a lead employer would be appointed to work closely with the department to develop and lead delivery of the project.

What is the application process?

The department will work with suitable organisations who register interest and can meet the program objectives to co-design the pre-employment project. Following the co-design process, the organisation will be invited to submit a formal application. In the application, applicants will need to demonstrate that they:

  • represent value for money for the department
  • can provide positive employment outcomes for all job seekers who successfully complete the project
  • are capable of collaborating with other stakeholders and participating in the job seeker selection process
  • are capable of recruiting and training job seekers for roles within their organisation utilising a values based recruitment approach (see explanation of values based recruitment below)
  • can deliver a pre-employment project that includes all of the core elements of the program (work experience, training, mentoring and employment for successful project participants).

If the application is successful, the organisation will be required to enter into a project agreement with the department that outlines all the terms and conditions of the project.

Interested organisations should email the Employer and Workforce Strategies team in the first instance: workforce@dese.gov.au.

What is the values based recruitment approach?

Launch into Work projects utilise a values based recruitment approach, where job seekers are selected for participation in projects on the basis of their personal values, attitudes and behaviours aligning with those of the employing organisation and requirements for the role. 

As an organisation/business what benefits are there to participate in Launch into Work?

Recruitment can be an expensive and time-consuming exercise. Through Launch into Work, the department will work with your organisation to identify your recruitment needs and co-design a pre-employment project with you that ensures job seekers are prepared for work in your organisation and industry.

The department recognises that job seekers may not have the skills or experience you need straight away. As such, the program focuses on identifying job seekers with the values and attributes your organisation wants, and then equipping them with the skills required for the role through the pre-employment project. This means that the training and work experience that job seekers undertake throughout the project are directly relevant to your business needs and will position them well for a career within your organisation.

Through the program your organisation can support job seekers to build the skills and experience they need to overcome individual barriers to employment and move from welfare to work. At the same time, your business will benefit from hiring a diverse workforce. 

How are job seekers selected?

Job seekers are selected for Launch into Work projects on the basis of demonstrating values and attributes consistent with the employer and role, rather than having pre-existing skills or experience. Job seekers will then develop the skills they need for the role through the pre-employment project.

As part of the project co-design process the department will work with your organisation to identify the values and attributes you are looking for and the screening and selection activities that will help identify job seekers who are suited to the roles you are recruiting for. All projects will include an information session for both job seekers and employment services providers, which will outline the project, role and what it's like to work in the industry/organisation.  

Employment services providers (jobactive, Transition to Work and ParentsNext providers) will screen their caseloads and refer job seekers who they believe are suitable for the project and for work with the organisation. The employer then has final say over which job seekers will be invited to join the project. Projects are voluntary for job seekers. 

Can male job seekers participate in Launch into Work?

While Launch into Work is primarily focussed on creating long-term employment pathways for women, men may also be able to participate in the program, particularly for projects targeting non-traditional roles.

What if I can't commit to jobs?

All pre-employment projects must include employment for suitable job seekers who successfully complete a pre-employment project. Generally a minimum of 10 positions should be available to fill through the project. It is expected that employment through the project will provide sufficient hours of work for job seekers to move off income support. 

If you are unable to commit to this requirement, then Launch into Work is not suitable for your organisation.

Do I have to work with employment services providers?

Yes. Participants for Launch into Work projects are drawn from the jobactive, ParentsNext and Transition to Work caseloads. As such, employment services providers play a critical role in screening and referring candidates for Launch into Work projects. 

What is jobactive?

jobactive is the Australian Government’s mainstream employment service. It connects job seekers with employers and is delivered by a network of jobactive providers in over 1700 locations across Australia.

jobactive providers work closely with employers to understand their recruitment needs. Job seekers can get help from a jobactive provider to find and keep a job. jobactive providers have the flexibility to tailor their services to a job seeker’s assessed needs.

What is Transition to Work?

Transition to Work is an employment service to support young people aged 15-24 on their journey to employment. The service provides intensive, pre-employment support to improve the work-readiness of young people and help them achieve their employment and education goals (including apprenticeships and traineeships). Participation in this program is voluntary.

What is ParentsNext?

ParentsNext is a pre-employment service that supports parents and carers to prepare for employment. ParentsNext providers work with participants to help build confidence, develop skills and access local support and services to plan for the future. Parents and carers don’t need to start looking for a job while in the program.

What are my obligations as a Launch into Work project employer?

As a Launch into Work project employer (host organisation), you would enter into a project agreement with the department that outlines all of the details of the project you will be contracted to deliver. This also includes responsibilities such as:

  • working with employment services providers
  • work health and safety
  • ensuring appropriate supervision of project participants
  • project reporting

I am a registered training organisation (RTO), can I deliver a project?

This program is aimed at employers who want to use a pre-employment project to recruit and provide a career pathway for job seekers who would not otherwise be considered suitable without developing their skills through the project. As such, RTOs are not directly eligible to access program funding, but may participate in the co-design process and delivery of training, unless recruiting for positions within their own organisation. If, as an RTO, you have identified an employer who may be interested in co-designing a pre-employment project with the department, we would be happy to discuss the program further. The co-design and delivery process must, however, be led by the employer.

Are labour hire organisations eligible to deliver Launch into Work projects?

Labour hire organisations are not eligible to deliver Launch into Work projects unless recruiting for internal positions in their own organisation.  On hire arrangements are not suitable.

Are peak bodies or industry associations eligible to deliver Launch into Work projects?

Peak bodies and industry associations are eligible to apply and can facilitate or lead a project, but must have committed employers with job vacancies who are willing to participate in the co-design process and project delivery. Where an application made by a peak body or industry association is successful, it will enter into a Project Agreement with the department and be liable for the performance of all stakeholders involved in the project’s delivery (including end employers offering job placements), and must deliver on all obligations under the Project Agreement.

Are employment services providers eligible to deliver Launch into Work projects?

Employment services providers who are contracted by the Commonwealth are not eligible to deliver Launch into Work projects.

Do I have to hire project participants who don't successfully complete the project?

Employers are expected to hire all suitable job seekers who successfully complete the project. If a job seeker does not complete all elements of the project, or doesn’t display the values and attributes the employer is looking for, there is no obligation to employ them. A participant's time on a project can be ended early due to poor behaviour. Specific circumstances need to be discussed between the employer, employment services provider and the department. 

Launch into Work FAQs for Job Seekers

What is Launch into Work? 

Launch into Work trials pre-employment projects that support job seekers to increase their skills, experience, and confidence and secure sustainable employment. Projects may be conducted in a variety of industries nationally. 

The program is suitable for employers who are willing to use a pre-employment project as a way of recruiting for positions that offer career pathways to job seekers. All pre-employment projects must include:

  • accredited and non-accredited training, tailored to the positions and/or sector that the project relates to
  • work experience
  • participant mentoring
  • employment for suitable job seekers who successfully complete a pre-employment project.

While Launch into Work is primarily focussed on creating long-term employment pathways for women, men may also participate in the program. 

How long is the program?

Projects will generally be between four and 12 weeks in duration. This does not include screening and selection activities.

What training would I do?

This will depend on the employer's requirements and the type of industry/role that you are training for. Projects include a mix of accredited and non-accredited training. 

Will I be paid whilst undertaking the program?

No, you are not an employee of the business. The Launch into Work program is voluntary and is building your skills required to commence in the role. Participation does not affect any income support payments you may be receiving. The program can also help you to meet your Annual Activity Requirement if you are in the Work for the Dole phase.

How can I participate in a Launch into Work project?

Employment services providers will identify job seekers who they believe are suitable for a specific project. Those who are selected will be asked to attend an information session about the project. If you are interested in the role you will undertake screening and selection activities with the employer to further determine your suitability.

Talk to your employment services provider about whether there are any projects commencing near you.

As a job seeker are there any requirements I must meet to be eligible?

Launch into Work is a values based recruitment model. Emphasis is placed on job seekers who demonstrate values and attributes consistent with the recruiting organisation and role, rather than demonstrating specific skills or experience. You need to demonstrate that you want to work for the employer and have a genuine interest in the role and industry. Requirements vary between different employers and can include, but are not limited to:

  • working with vulnerable people checks
  • police checks
  • medicals
  • drug testing
  • Driver’s licence and a reliable registered vehicle

The specific eligibility requirements will vary between projects. Your employment services provider will assist you to navigate these requirements.

What is values based recruitment?

Launch into Work recognises that you may not have the specific skills and experience needed for a role or industry. As a result, the program uses a values based recruitment model. This means, the department works with employers to find out what kind of values and attributes they desire in their employees - this could include team work, empathy, a positive attitude or physical fitness. If you have the values and attributes that the employer is looking for, you may be invited to join the Launch into Work project, where you will receive the training and experience you need to build your skills for the job.

Is there a guarantee of a job at the end of the project?

Employers must commit to hiring all suitable job seekers who successfully complete a Launch into Work project. This means that if you complete the project and all of the training and work experience requirements, and continue to demonstrate the required values and attributes, you are highly likely to be employed at the end of the project.