Employment Plus appointed to assist vulnerable youth

The Salvation Army Employment Plus has been appointed to assist disadvantaged young people under the Australian Government’s Transition to Work program.

Early school leavers and other young people disengaged from work or study will be referred to the program for up to 12 months, spending 25 hours a week undertaking activities, which include education and training, work experience, job application and vocational employability skills training, addressing barriers to education or employment.

Employment Plus Managing Director, Greg Moult, said the appointment recognised the organisation’s strengths as an employment services provider, already assisting young people with barriers to employment.

“Transition to Work is a natural fit with our jobactive services, where individuals are guided towards sustainable employment based on their individual needs and circumstances.”

Together with our partners, Reach, headspace and other community organisations, young people will participate in personalised evaluations, so that we may understand their specific challenges and then develop a Job Plan that will enable them to access employment, education and training opportunities,” said Mr Moult.

A vital part of Employment Plus’ service will also look at tackling the myriad of other employment barriers disengaged youth may be facing, including homelessness, addictions, mental health, learning difficulties and lack of work experience.

“Allied health support and the expert programs run by our partners will form critical complementary parts of our personalised service, dramatically increasing the chances of sustained employment or re-engagement in education.”

Participants will receive support from qualified youth specialists, psychologists, trainers, career counsellors and ongoing mentors to help them identify and achieve their goals – this truly is a determined and holistic effort to give our young people the opportunity to achieve over the long run,” explained Mr Moult.

Employment Plus Transition to Work servicing will commence in April, covering the Brisbane South East, Capital, Hunter, Sydney North & West, North East Melbourne and West Melbourne Employment Regions.