Turning the tables on traditional job search approach

Linda Colley (head of youth and community), with special projects coordinator Caroline Marshall. Picture: Elle Borgward d401116
Linda Colley (head of youth and community), with special projects coordinator Caroline Marshall. Picture: Elle Borgward d401116

Bridging the Gap will launch its Academy for Community Employment (A4CE) based on the identified needs of employers.

The academy will be the first of its kind in WA.

Bridging the Gap’s head of youth and community Linda Colley said A4CE took the reverse approach to dealing with unemployment.

Ms Colley said the program was designed to support unemployed, job-ready candidates who faced skills-based barriers to employment and who required a coordinated support plan.

‘We want to give jobseekers a better understanding of why certain skills and behaviours are sought by employers and what employers are looking for in applications and at interviews,’ she said.

The initiative, which will support a large demographic that includes Year 12 graduates, teenagers and single parents, those with disabilities and indigenous members of the community, is set to be launched in June.

Ms Colley said the initiative was part of Bridging the Gap’s ongoing commitment to creating coordinated and sustainable responses to local issues.