MatchWorks assisting young people into work
MatchWorks will provide assistance to young people to overcome barriers to unemployment through a new Australian Government initiative.
The Empowering YOUth Initiative seeks to empower young people who are disengaged from the workforce or school and who face complex issues that affect their future.
MatchWorks will deliver the initiative through the Youth Community model across Victorian, South Australian and Queensland locations. The first programs will kick off in Bendigo (VIC), Noarlunga (SA) and Strathpine (QLD) in October.
Participants will build strong peer-support networks and be supported in developing their social skills, leadership skills, employability, confidence and motivation to seek employment.
This program includes gamification and rewards delivered through a specialised phone app to motivate participants to reach goals and complete the program, while also receiving mentoring support.
MatchWorks will deliver the initiative over two years to young people aged 15 to 24 who are long-term unemployed, or at risk of becoming long-term unemployed, to move into work.
Empowering YOUth is part of the Australian Government’s Youth Employment Strategy.