Launch into Work program


Do you have vacancies within your organisation?

Are you interested in co-designing a pre-employment project to train job seekers for specific roles within your organisation?

Can you commit to employing job seekers who successfully complete a pre-employment project?

The Launch into Work program may be able to assist you!

About the program

The Launch into Work program delivers pre-employment projects that provide training, work experience and mentoring to support job seekers to increase their skills, experience and confidence and move into employment. Projects are intended to train job seekers for specific roles within the organisation, and may be conducted in a variety of industries.

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

Launch into Work projects support participants to:

  • move from welfare into paid work
  • build the skills and experience required to overcome individual barriers to employment
  • develop increased confidence and self-worth associated with engaging in meaningful work
  • gain the opportunity to have a career and plan for the future.

How the program works

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. The project recruitment process involves identifying job seekers with the values and attributes required for the role and for work with the organisation, and then developing their skills and experience for the specific role through a pre-employment project.

Projects are co-designed with employers, employment service providers, registered training organisations and other stakeholders to ensure both employer and job seeker needs are met.

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, and
  • employment for suitable job seekers who successfully complete the pre-employment project.

Project duration is typically between 4 and 12 weeks.

Who may be eligible?


The following entity types may be eligible to apply:

  • Employers are eligible to apply. This includes for profit, not for profit and State and local governments or councils.
  • Peak bodies and industry associations 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. The contracted organisation is responsible for the contract deliverables and outcomes.

Applications from consortia of employers may be accepted, provided there is a lead employer who will be the main driver of the project and will hold the contract with the department. The lead employer would be responsible for the contract deliverables and outcomes.

Job seekers

Job seekers on the jobactive, Transition to Work and ParentsNext caseloads are eligible to participate.

For more information

To find out more, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions located under the left menu on this page or download the Launch into Work Program Flyer that provides a summary of the program and an overview of the steps involved in the design and delivery of Launch into Work projects.

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