New Chapter For Youth Employment Services
Our First Nations Employment Mentors brought a culturally appropriate approach towards the delivery of the Australian Governments Transition to Work (TTW) Program. Going forward, the Foundation will continue to support young First Nations people though our Youth Employment Services.
Our team achieved a number of successful training, education, and employment outcomes within the TTW program.
Employing 100% Indigenous Employment mentors ensures that we bring the knowledge and cultural understanding required to help each and every one of our participants.
The Waalitj Foundation’s Youth Employment Coordinator, Alicia Jetta said it has been an honour to work alongside her colleagues and a privilege to mentor a cohort of inspiring participants within the TTW program and she looks forward to continuing to work in this space at the Foundation.
“We will continue to empower young people to achieve their hopes and dreams. Instilling in them to the confidence to achieve whatever they put their minds too,” said Alicia.
Youth Employment Services will be available to all Deadly Sista Girlz (DSG) sites, the Clontarf Boys Program and any Indigenous youth that contact the Foundation directly.
The services will focus on an individualised approach, supporting participants through school-based traineeships, educational courses, and mentoring support.
Deadly Sista Girlz Employment Mentor, Megan D’Agostino said that success for her looks like helping as many Deadly Sista Girlz as possible into a pathway that is sustainable and that they passionate about.
“Education is so important, and I want my participants to use what they have learnt to pursue careers they are passionate about.
“My first question for participants is what are your goals. I want them to pursue a career path that is meaningful to them,” said Megan
Whether it’s gaining their driver’s license or completing a TAFE course; our mentors will be with participants every step of the way.
The Foundation’s Employment Enabling Support for Aboriginal Youth program will supplement the delivery of pre-employment programs and wrap around support services to Indigenous youth job seekers by providing funding to address eligible youths’ identified barriers
Eligible youth can receive support to address multiple identified barriers, for example, the need to pay for high-risk training and the associated licence, and the purchase of work-related PPE, to assist them enter the workforce.