Reach, Train, Employ Project


The Reach, Train, Employ Project aims to increase employment opportunities in the social service sector for people aged 50 years and older at risk of long-term unemployment. The project is targeted to residents of Brimbank, Melton and Bacchus Marsh areas of Melbourne. The Reach, Train, Employ Project uses a holistic and individualised approach to address educational and employment barriers participants may experience and provide employment pathways in the aged care and disability sectors.  As part of this project, participants will undertake the Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged and Disability). 

The project is delivered by a consortium of organisations and funded by the Department of Social Services through the Try, Test and Learn fund.  The project is led by Council of the Ageing (COTA), RMIT is providing the Certificate III in Individual Support training, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand are providing group and individual life coaching, and the Future Social Services is undertaking an evaluation. 

Project Overview

FSSI is undertaking the evaluation of the Reach, Train, Employ Project.  The Evaluation includes both a developmental component, to apply learnings in real time, and an impact component, to assess the outcomes.  The Evaluation will answer the following questions:

  • Does the wrap around support and inclusive training model result in employment outcomes in the social service sector for people over 50 at risk of long term unemployment?
    • If so, is the model scalable? 
  • What impact do program supports have on successful participant engagement in the course?
  • Has the program resulted in increased wellbeing (i.e., mental wellness, resilience, and financial capability) for participants?
  • What were the critical factors that helped or hindered the program and what are the opportunities for improvement?

Ethics approval has been given from the RMIT College Human Ethics Advisory Network for this evaluation project.

Key Partners

Council of the Ageing (COTA), Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand