Our national, regional and local employer solutions

Job Futures National Employer Servicing Unit:

  • Manage Hit The Ground Running a program which will build agreements with large employers and work with providers and recruitment companies to meet national employer needs;
  • Create opportunities for job seekers by building relationships with large employers across multiple regions;
  • Lead discussions with national employers and employer organisations regarding workforce needs;
  • Celebrate employers through Employer Recognition programs and Annual Awards; and,
  • Educate employers about labor mobility strategies, the use of new wage subsidies and employment programs.

Regional Strategy Specialists:

  • Work with all industry skills councils and chambers of commerce to identify large developments and infrastructure projects that offer high volume employment opportunities in each region; and,
  • Build and manage new relationships with Job Futures members in their regions to ensure regional and local employers needs are being met.

Local Employer Strategy - Industry Connections Unit:

  • Workforce Solutions Consultants work with employers and industry to understand the businesses and staffing needs in their local area; and,
  • Workplace Trainers, who run training and industry tasters for job seekers in areas of need. These areas are informed by the Workforce Solutions Consultants.
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.

The Job Futures network at a glance

The Job Futures network is made up of 35 members from every state and territory of Australia, with 226 sites across the country comprising 77 JSA sites and 149 DES sites.

This means that every day across Australia, our 68,000 job seekers can easily access our services in their local communities.

(Source LMIP, June 2014)

Turning job seekers into small business owners

Job Futures member MTC Australia assists job seekers in obtaining support from the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) which allows eligible unemployed people to start their own small businesses. MTC then guides participants through the process of establishing their own business.

Here, Tricia Brunt talks about her positive experience with MTC Australia.

Employment consultants talk about changing lives

Listen to front line staff from CHESS, ACSO and Marillac talk about how a job can change a person's life. As one employment consultant put it, "jobs are everything - they are life changing".

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.

Mature-age employee brings a lifetime of experience

The Byron Bay Cookie Company is the largest employer in Byron Bay, a community with rising unemployment rates. Job Futures member Envite worked with this growing business to find a mature age employee with a wealth of experience and a desire to make a difference.

MS Society helps Nina stay at work

Nina Gendell was first diagnosed with MS after the birth of the first of her two children in 1998. It wasn't until 2011 that her mobility started to decline and affect her work as a mental health social worker. Job Futures member MS Society put Nina in touch with an occupational therapist through MS Employment Support Services (ESS) and advised her how to avoid falls. A vertical mouse and different keyboard for her computer were provided that minimised the shaking of her hands.

The most important innovation was a scooter that allowed her to undertake home visits in the community again. With the additional assistance of a physiotherapist and a personal trainer, Nina has been able to stay employed and help people while taking advantage of all the benefits that employment brings. "My job gives me enormous satisfaction. I want to demonstrate resilience to my children. They're teenagers and I want to show them that there's a solution to every problem."

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.

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

high impact schools program with at risk children