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Transition to Work Community of Practice

Established in late 2016, the national Transition to Work Community of Practice (TtW CoP) works to achieve positive and improved employment and education 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.

As of May 2018, across the TtW CoP young people have achieved over 1,700 outcomes in education and employment.  An outcome is achieved when a young person sustains 12 or more weeks of employment or sustains 26 weeks or more of education.

The Transition to Work Community of Practice seeks to promote a shift in the way the community values young people – from passive service recipients to valuable, contributing members of the community. This is a way of working in partnership with government, businesses, community organisations, philanthropy and education providers.

Find out more about our approach.

Find Community of Practice locations across Australia.

How to Get Involved

Employer contributions are critical for driving opportunities and economic development for young people in the local community. There are a variety of ways in which employers and their businesses can be involved in creating opportunities and pathways for young people.

  • Host work place tours
  • Give mentoring talks
  • Provide industry knowledge
  • Host workshops for specific skills
  • Offer volunteer positions
  • Provide work experience opportunities

Your local TtW CoP partner will work with you to:  

  • provide assistance structuring tours and hands-on learning activities
  • co-design training programs to prepare for work experience and internships
  • support and structure meaningful work experience and internships
  • provide post-employment support for both young people and employers

Benefits to employers:

  • increased workforce diversity
  • staff loyalty and retention
  • improved staff morale, wellbeing and job satisfaction
  • greater potential for innovation
  • new networks, knowledge, markets, customers and clients
  • productivity dividends

Benefits to young people:

  • increased confidence, aspirations and motivation
  • understanding of entry-level opportunities via tours of local employers
  • gaining new skills through hands-on learning activities
  • preparing for the workforce with industry-specific training
  • learning the practicalities of a job through work experience and internships
  • increased networks and opportunities to gain employment

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If you would like to further discover how your business could engage with and benefit from young people, please contact us and we will connect you with your local Transition to Work provider.

Employers Engaging with Young People

The Transition to Work Community of Practice seeks to promote a shift in the way the community values young people – from passive service recipients to valuable, contributing members of the community. This is a way of working in partnership with government, businesses, community organisations, philanthropy and education providers.


Employment Boot Camp

This video takes a look into Transition to Work provider School Industry Partnership’s (SIP) two day Employment Boot Camp. The Boot Camp is delivered as part of their Experiential Learning program for young people preparing to enter employment. Young people come together in groups to brainstorm ways to apply for jobs and then actively approach employers to seek opportunities. SIP’s boot camps have seen some incredible results, on average at least one young person gains employment and a couple more gain job interviews.

We also visit Nepean Motor Group who takes on board young people in apprenticeships. Dylan speaks about his experience through the TtW program and his new role at Nepean Motor Group.


Work Inspiration Program

Julia Whitton represented the Gold Coast as part of the National Employers Reference Group which was established by the National Community of Practice in May 2018. The NERG represents a wide range of industries, locations and employers of all sizes to provide a diversity of views on youth unemployment.  The National Community of Practice fosters innovation and the NERG demonstrates the power of collective effort in addressing youth unemployment. The meeting provided the opportunity to bring together the expertise and contribution of industry and employers and combine this with the efforts of the community sector and government.

The National Community of Practice are working to visually capture employers on film to recognise, highlight and share on a national scale what is working well in local areas in creating pathways to employment for young people in a way which invests in young people’s skills, talents and aspirations.

In this video Julia, Resort Manager at Sand Point Beach Resort on the Gold Coast, gives insights into Classic Holidays’ Work Inspiration program. Classic Holidays are Australia’s largest privately-owned resort and club management company, and has helped its members enjoy affordable holidays for over 40 years. 

Classic Holidays’ Work Inspiration has had participation from over 400 young people in two to three day programs at local resorts and head office. Work Inspiration provides young people with exposure to the workplace, pathways into employment and increases their opportunities the community.

Gen Z Employment are the local Transition to Work providers on the Gold Coast. Julia and Classic Holidays work with Gen Z Employment to provide opportunities for young people through work inspiration, internships and employment.


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If you would like more information on our work, or you are an employer who would like to get involved, contact us and someone from our Transition to Work team will respond.