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.
Working with BP and Bunnings

Job Futures member ACSO has initiated project New Dawn which helps homeless participants re-engage with mainstream society.

Current employer sponsors include BP and Bunnings, with the list of partners continuing to grow. ACSO, as the lead agency, is partnering with employers to create a brighter outlook and a 'new dawn' for their JSA and DES participants.

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)

Australia's best

Job Futures and member organisation ACSO have been recognised at the 2014 NESA Awards for Excellence.

ACSO's Giulia Teti was awarded Employment Consultant of the Year with Maria Pace a finalist for the Bright Star Award.

Job Futures Paul Synnott was a finalist for the Employment Discovery Grant.

Giulia Teti was named 2014's Employment Consultant of the Year, a significant achievement considering there are over 2,000 employment consultants working across the industry.

With a Bachelor of Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and a Masters in Educational Psychology, Giulia could work in almost any field or corporation she wanted. She has chosen to work for Job Futures member ACSO as a Clinical Support Employment Consultant in inner Melbourne, providing assistance to job seekers.

Having watched the struggles her migrant Italian parents faced with limited education and overseas qualifications that were not recognised, Giulia wanted to help find jobs for new Australians and others who faced significant barriers, so she began to channel her empathy and knowledge towards helping disadvantaged members of society.

The award judges said Giulia demonstrated tenacity in exploring a variety of avenues in education, training and life skills every time she assists a job seeker. The judges said "Giulia understands the important role nurturing internal resilience and wellbeing play in creating a more harmonious and productive life, and she shows job seekers how to achieve these things".

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.

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.

Why employment is the real game-changer for ex-offenders

Job Futures member ACSO is considered a provider of choice for people leaving or entering the criminal justice system. This includes not just people leaving prison, but people entering court and police cells. ACSO CEO Karenza Louis-Smith talks below about how ACSO work with this unique target group.

"It starts with behaviour change: what's the behaviour that has led this person to offend and how do we work with them to change that behaviour. It might be drug and alcohol use. It might be a whole bunch of things. Behaviour change programs address that, but aren't enough on their own. We know that 40% of people return to prison, even with interventions and supports around changing their behaviours. The things that make a difference - that you have to add on to behaviour support - are things that help people develop new life skills. We know that people in prison, and throughout the criminal justice system more broadly, have very low levels of literacy and numeracy. There are skills around generally living and looking after themselves that are really important: how to budget, how to plan, how to prepare.

But the real game changer is a job. Our motto is 'jobs change lives', because an economic income and economic participation mean that you can actually live somewhere different. You can break away from all those past networks and things that held you back in the past and things that you've done. The game changer is to find employment. It is the biggest thing that we can do in our work."

Turning Point Assessment Model at work with CALD clients

This video talks through the Turning Point Assessment Model in action with CALD clients.

Job Futures members Diversitat (Alfred Boror) and ACSO (Layla Vu) conduct Turning Point workshops, which apply the learnings from the research undertaken with leading UK research organisation Esher House.

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turning point model results with CALD clients