YOUNG people looking for work in a tough market are urged to reach for help through a new online service at headspace.
The not-for-profit organisation has partnered with businesses to pair people aged 17-24 with an experienced career professional in their field.
Regional and rural communities unable to access traditional career services are expected to benefit most from the Digital Industry Mentor Service.
Headspace chief executive Jason Trethowan said the business partnership enabled young people to access personalised one-on-one industry career advice.
“Across headspace almost one third of young people aged 17-24 accessing services are disengaged with work, which in-turn can significantly impact their mental health,” he said.
The initiative provides a two-way learning opportunity for the mentee and the mentor.
Staff are trained in youth mental health first aid, which can be implemented in the workplace to support colleagues, and their family and friends.
Businesses participating in the service, funded by the Department of Employment, include Viva Energy Australia, NBN.C, Kmart and FunLab.