The Government has committed $10 million for the new Launch into Work program.
The program will fund pre-employment partnerships that provide training, mentoring and work experience to assist job seekers to become work ready.
Employers will use Launch into Work projects to recruit for entry-level positions that have prospects for career growth and will be required to commit to employing suitable project participants who successfully complete the program.
Projects will be flexible and co-designed as partnerships with employers, jobactive providers, registered training organisations and other stakeholders to ensure both employer and job seeker needs are met.
The program is targeted at women and will support Australia’s G20 goal to reduce the gender gap in women’s workforce participation by 25 per cent by 2025. Men can also participate in the program.
The Launch into Work Program builds on the successful 2016 partnership between the Department of Employment, UnitingCare Australia and the Office for Women to design and implement pre-employment projects to help women into the workforce within UnitingCare agencies.
UnitingCare Australia and the Australian Government partnership
In 2016, the Department of Employment partnered with UnitingCare Australia and the Office for Women to design and implement pre-employment projects to help women into the workforce and fill positions within UnitingCare agencies.
Project participants were job seekers from jobactive and undertook targeted training, work experience and mentoring to build their knowledge and work-readiness skills. This gave many job seekers an opportunity to gain the skills and experience they need for roles for which they would otherwise be overlooked.
Three pilot projects were delivered in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland. All three projects had a 100 per cent completion rate.