We are a network of Transition to Work providers from around Australia, who are working collaboratively to create a better offer for young people
Transition to Work is a national, federally funded service targeted at 15- to 21-year-olds who are unemployed. Our TtW Community of Practice Model offers these young people what they most need to move into work: personal, social and practical employability skills, and opportunities to explore the world of work, build networks and gain the experience that employers value.
With this program, we work in a different way – by collaborating with local community agencies rather than competing with them to test, improve and demonstrate a mutually beneficial model that moves young unemployed people into sustainable employment pathways.
Its delivery is underpinned by the idea of Advantaged Thinking, an approach adopted from the UK Foyer movement. Advantaged Thinking guides the way we work with young people, to move away from deficit, disadvantaged or problem-focused thinking, towards jointly creating real jobs, real education and real community connections.
We also seek to promote a shift in the way the community values young people – from passive service recipients to valuable, contributing members of the community – by harnessing community effort. This is a way of working in partnership with government, business, community organisations, philanthropy and education providers to deliver the opportunities, networks and resources that young people need. In doing so, we value the expertise, knowledge, contributions and existing work of the community and build on, rather than duplicate, community assets. This approach includes the formation of Community Investment Committees, which bring together key community representatives, including employers, to spearhead the effort and come up with an economic development strategy for local young people.
This ongoing work will be informed by a program evaluation, undertaken by the Brotherhood of St Laurence with the University of Melbourne, that will enable the TtW CoP to document ‘what works’ in assisting young people into work.
The national Transition to Work Community of Practice (TtW CoP), established in late 2015, is working to achieve positive and improved outcomes for young Australians who are at risk of not making a successful transition to meaningful employment.
The TtW CoP brings together 12 TtW providers and their partners in 13 regions around Australia, who are implementing a consistent approach to the delivery of the TtW service. These providers are:
Across the TtW CoP young people have achieved over 2,700* outcomes in education and employment. This means young people have sustained or completed 26 weeks of education and 12 weeks or more of employment. *data correct as of 31 December 2018