Learn about the types of people we help

One of our greatest strengths is the diversity of our members. This enables us to effectively assist a wide range of job seekers.

We currently hold a number of specialist contracts that deliver services to meet the specific needs of people with disability, young people and at-risk youth, job seekers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, job seekers who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and ex-offenders.

High impact schools program with at risk youth

As a social enterprise, Job Futures member MTC Australia applies commercial strategies to enable the reinvestment of their surplus into services such as Warakirri College.

The NSW Government recognises a registration category known as "Prescribed Non-Government Schools" which serve the same purpose as Special Schools but are privately operated. Warakirri Col-lege is assessed in this way.

The College caters for students aged 16 to 19 who present with social/emotional impairment and wish to enroll in a Board of Studies Year 10 Program and Higher School Certificate Program. The College offers a unique perspective to learning and teaching and offers educational sup-port, vocational studies and work preparation activities, and is fully funded by Job Futures member MTC Australia which ensures that no students pay fees.

More than 80% of Warakirri's students express their intention upon exit to either go on to employment or further education. This is a testament to the power and impact Warakirri has to positively impact lives. In their individual cases, it is hard to quantify where these young people would be without the support from Warakirri College. However, based on data collected by MTC it is likely that the majority would either be struggling in mainstream education or not participating in any form of education.

We spend more time with people in need

Maintaining job seeker engagement is crucial. Job Futures has consistently outperformed the JSA provider average for minimum contacts with clients during contract performance periods.

(Source: M.Drayton/S.Watson presentation to JF National Conference 2014 - data from 1/7/09-31/3/14)

Channel 7 story on the Academy for Community Employment

Job Futures member Bridging the Gap has established an Academy for Community Employment offering an innovative approach to employers' recruitment needs.

The academy, founded in July 2013, was funded by the Australian Government Department of Human Services through the Better Futures, Local Solutions initiative. Within the first financial year the academy registered 55 candidates, 53 of whom achieved their Passport-to-Employment from which 37 secured sustainable employment.

Golden Crown Chinese Restaurant case study

Michael Ma, the owner of Golden Crown Chinese Restaurant in Coffs Harbour, talks in this video about the rewarding experience of working with Job Futures member CHESS.

A snapshot of services offered

The Job Futures network provides a diverse range of community services.

Employment services is only one of 15 specialist services that our network provides to communities. This diversity places Job Futures as one of the largest community service providers in the nation.

Workforce development program participants

Hit the Ground Running is a Job Futures Workforce Development Program that offers on-the-ground training within a potential employer's business.

Employer Australian Hearing and participants talk about the experience of being part of the program.

Visit hitthegroundrunning.com.au

Kitchen Academy Program: Preparing job seekers for hospitality

The Kitchen Academy Program, run by Job Futures member Youth Projects, based in Glenroy, has provided 10 months of work experience to young people facing unemployment, homelessness or health issues. Hume's youth unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country at 17%, compared with the national rate of 6%.

In a partnership between Youth Projects, Meadows Primary School and Hume Global Learning Village members, the program participants prepared breakfast, morning tea and afternoon tea in the school's kitchen and maintained its vegetable garden. They received training in food hygiene and preparation, as well as learning to work as a team, boost their self-confidence and build on communication skills.

Participant Ben Cox said he learned new skills and was able to discover new recipes. He is now looking for hands-on work at the docks or in a factory. Others have gone on to find work in the hospitality industry.

The next intake of participants will be trained at Sunbury Heights Primary School.

Youth improving their local communities

The Federal Government has selected Job Futures to lead the rein-troduction of youth environmental projects across Australia. The announcement shows the government's confidence in Job Futures strong track record of providing training and experience in environ-mental and heritage conservation to young Australians.

The strength and expertise of network members, who will liaise with local communities to design and manage projects, provides Job Futures with the opportunity to deliver Green Army across NSW, ACT, Victoria, Northern Territory and Western Australia. Green Army is a hands-on, practical, grassroots environmental action program that supports local environmental and heritage conservation projects across Australia.

More information can be found on our Green Army page, as well as the Department of Environment's Green Army website.

Chocolate factory offers training

Chocolatier, Ernest Hillier, has placed 22 young people into seasonal work at their Coburg North factory, giving them much needed experience and a boost to their CVs.

CEO of Ernest Hiller, Mark Campbell, said the company joined with Job Futures member Youth Projects to lift employment in the area. "We are very conscious of the high level of youth unemployment in the area and we can offer employment to these young guys and open the door for them to get their first start."

Youth Projects refers people to work at the factory and provides support along the way to both the employer and the participants. The outcomes of this partnership can already be seen with a participant gaining full time permanent employment in the engineering department as a technical assistant, and if he continues to do well, he will move on to an apprenticeship.

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