We think so – for a few reasons.
- It’s missing and it's wanted – this idea is really needed, and our experience in Glebe has proven it. At the Harold Park Development two young Aboriginal men have been successfully employed in apprenticeships for a year using this approach. But there is not enough money to make it any bigger. Employers like Mirvac and Lend Lease want to work with us to help create more job pathways for young people but the barrier to expanding is that we don’t have sufficient resources to help the young people to be successful - yet.....
The state government knows this is important – the state government have done a year long review of indigenous affairs and have begun transforming how they work with Aboriginal young people to create pathways to work; to support strong Aboriginal Communities in which Aboriginal people actively:
* Support more Aboriginal young people to get jobs that are fulfilling and sustainable.
* Grow local Aboriginal leaders’ and communities’ capacity to drive their own solutions.
* Focus on creating opportunities for economic empowerment.
- We are doing an evaluation to provide evidence of how good WorkingStart! is – the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs have said they want evidence based approaches to social policy. We have enlisted Dr George Morgan from University of Western Sydney, an expert on indigenous pathways to employment, to provide an independent evaluation of what we have done already. We are adopting an Outcomes Base Framework to collect data and monitor and evaluate this initiative
- Other stakeholders can see it is important – we have met with the Aboriginal Employment Service, Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and TAFE NSW – who have all recognised that the role of a community facing employment support worker could be a missing link in supporting at-risk young people into stable employment.
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