Delivery of a project that will drive a step change in employment and education outcomes, particularly among disadvantaged communities.
The project will:
- Map existing programs to identify successes and gaps, with a view to sharing these experiences with the employment pathways network.
- Work with stakeholders to develop a Launceston Jobs Pathways Framework.
Since 2016, the Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business has contracted an Employment Facilitator to operate in the North and North West of the state to work on the ground to connect people with training, job opportunities and to link them with other existing support.
In implementing this commitment, City Deal partners agreed that mapping of existing programs would be undertaken by the Employment Facilitator. This work was undertaken in May 2018.
Following this activity, Governments will direct resources for this commitment to develop the Launceston Jobs Pathways Framework. The Framework will be a practical tool for employers, parents, job seekers, employment service providers and community organisations to help connect and facilitate employment outcomes in the region.
City Deal partners are also supporting employment pathways. Examples include:
- The University of Tasmania has a pilot project underway in the Northern Suburbs to reconnect disadvantaged groups to work opportunities through tailored TAFE level pathways.
- The City of Launceston is currently investigating participation in the Smith Family Workplace Inspirations program to provide opportunities for students to gain exposure to careers in Local Government with a view to potentially identifying local young people for pathways into employment such as school-based and workplace traineeships and apprenticeships.
- The Tasmanian Government, through Skills Tasmania, have supported a number of recent pathways initiatives with population cohorts in Launceston at risk of disengaging from the workforce. This includes:
- Good2Go-Cafe-Training program with the Launceston Police-Citizens Youth Clubs supporting youth at risk.
- A collaboration between Migrant Resource Centre North, St Giles and Masonic Care to deliver training and job ready skills for up to 50 participants.
- Work with Avidity training, WISE jobactive and the recently opened Peppers Seaport Hotel to get 19 people into work with more in training and high likelihood of job outcomes.
As the Project has leveraged in-kind resources from three levels of Government, resources can be redirected to actions that enact on either identified gaps in the current pathways, or directly support employment opportunities.
For example, consultation with the building and construction sector and the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, has identified opportunities to support pathways into construction industry to ensure apprenticeship targets under the City Deal are achieved.
Next Steps and Milestones
Q1 2018: Pathways mapping project – completed.
Q3 2018: Development of projects to form an action plan that supports the employment and apprenticeship targets under the city deal.
Q3 2018: Consensus from project partners on the key projects to form the action plan and associated financial commitment.
Q3 2019: Development of a Launceston Jobs Pathways Framework.
Cost: $160,000 per annum for two years
- The City of Launceston
- University of Tasmania
- Tasmanian Government
- Regional Development Australia Tasmania
City of Launceston is the project lead, working in partnership with Skills Tasmania and the Tasmanian Department of Education.
The Australian Government is providing in-kind support through the Department of Jobs and Small Business and the Commonwealth funded Employment Facilitator.