YOUNG parents in Mandurah and Rockingham will receive one-on-one coaching to overcome barriers to employment as part of an innovate trial to tackle welfare dependency.
Social Services Minister Dan Tehan and Canning MRH Andrew Hastie launched the Career Readiness for Young Parents trial in Mandurah today as part of the Federal Government’s $96.1 million Try, Test and Learn Fund.
In the trial, around 60 young parents will work in groups with a personal advisor to address their barriers to work and develop their careers.
Mr Tehan said parents could also gain work experience in such areas child care and food service.
“The economy created more than 1000 jobs a day last year and we want every Australian to take advantage of the opportunities and rewards employment can provide,’’ he said.
“The initiative will trial the impacts of tailored support that enables young parents to focus on improving their job readiness and helping their children.”
The Government is providing $1 million to Bridging the Gap to run the trial over 28 months.
Bridging the Gap chief executive Alison Palmer said the trial would make a big difference to the lives of young parents in Mandurah and Rockingham.
She said the commitment to funding intensive support would help young parents with their self-development, health and well-being and career readiness which would enable them to transition to meaningful social and economic participation.
Young parents in Mandurah or Rockingham interested in the program should contact Bridging the Gap at bridgingthegap.org.au/what-we-do.