Mai-Wel selected as Transition to Work provider, aimed at youth unemployment


On Friday, 11th March 2016, Mai-Wel received a visit from Paterson MP Bob Baldwin to announce Mai-Wel’s selection as one of three local organisations chosen to support young people under the new Transition to Work service.

 This service is part of the Australian Government’s Youth Employment Strategy, providing young people aged 15 to 21 with the support and skills they require to become work ready or to find their way back to education.

Services will be delivered in Maitland, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri and will provide a fantastic opportunity for Mai-Wel’s experienced staff to work with local disengaged or disadvantaged young people. Transition to Work is part of the Australian Government’s Youth Employment Strategy which was announced in the 2015-16 Budget and will see $322 million being committed to the service over four years.

“The four-year funding initiative will allow the experienced team of Mai-Wel staff to support this group of young people at risk of long-term unemployment, or not being able to transition from school to the workforce or further training,” said Mai-Wel CEO, Pennie Kearney.

It is estimated the Transition to Work initiative will help around 29,000 people each year who require intensive support to address the barriers they face when trying to enter and remain in the workforce. Transition to Work is outcomes-based rather than process-oriented with the main outcome being employment. Transition to Work will be delivered by community-based organisations who are experienced in working with young people and will offer a range of tailored, individual or self-directed activities. According to the latest announcement, Workskill Australia Incorporated and The Salvation Army are the two other Hunter organisations to be included in the program.

Pictured is Pennie Kearney, Mai-Wel CEO with Hon. Bob Baldwin MP

Above: Pennie Kearney, Mai-Wel CEO with Hon. Bob Baldwin MP

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