Difficult school years, economic disadvantage, homelessness and other challenges leave the potential of many young people untapped, with subsequent difficulties gaining employment and developing a career. VCOSS is leading an initiative that seeks to support careers in the social services sector, the fastest growing sector in Victoria, preparing young people to work in the aged care, disability, family violence and other community services.
This Community Traineeships Pilot Program (CTPP) is supporting up to 200 young job seekers in Dandenong, Hume and Bendigo, three areas of high youth unemployment, to undertake a traineeship in community services sector host and a certificated vocational education program.
Funded by the Jobs Victoria through the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, the CTPP also provides specialist support from a youth support worker and flexible wrap-around support funding to trainees to address barriers to participation and maximise their chances of completing their programs and gaining employment.
FSSI is leading an innovative evaluation which encompasses developmental evaluation designed to offer ongoing feedback on project processes, a formal evaluation of student outcomes and an assessment of the efficacy and impact of a new model of traineeships for the community sector.
As part of this work, FSSI has also convened an Action Research Group (ARG) comprising program participants which will help to identify program strengths and opportunities for improvement and will involve them in co-designing project improvements for the future. Insights and learnings from the action research and evaluation will help to inform the design and delivery of future programs.
VCOSS; School of Vocational Design and Social Context, RMIT University