Work Preparation and Training Programs

yourtown works with government agencies, businesses and organisations to offer personalised attention to young people who need skills, training and employment to create brighter futures.

Who we help

Get Set for Work (GSFW) provides 15 to 19 year olds with nationally accredited training at a Certificate II level.

For many young people, GSFW provides them with an avenue to complete and obtain their very first qualification. It is the first time for many of them to achieve and succeed at something.  With the right support and mentoring, young people remain engaged and are motivated to take the next step into the world of work.

Working with qualified professionals and volunteers, young people gain employability skills such as team building, as well as benefit from industry and employer visits.

This year, certificates were completed in the areas of retail, hospitality, engineering, landscaping, and vocational skills. The program is delivered in line with school terms.

GSFW is funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

This year, 121 young people were part of the program.

The Race Team

Get Set for Work

Racing to learn

What do a space frame chassis, wishbone suspension and motorsport have to do with unemployed young people?

For 14 teens, it was the chance of a brighter future through a unique program where they learnt the skills and knowledge to help build a fully functioning race car.

Ranging in age from 15–19 years, the young ‘race team’ completed a Certificate II in Engineering while building a full-sized single seat open cockpit sports car, based on a Le Mans Prototype (LMP).

Taking place at Mount Gravatt TAFE, Queensland, the Get Set for Work training used a simulated workshop environment to develop work-ready skills with motorsport used as a driver for students to get involved.

Many of the young people enrolled came from diverse backgrounds and had disengaged from education for 12 months or more. 

Who we help

The development and delivery of a quality Work for the Dole group project greatly enhances the employability and life skills of participants.

This year, we continued to create and deliver projects that not only improved community facilities and contributed to social outcomes, but also provided valuable work experience for young people looking for work. Projects completed included:

  • landscaping and horticultural improvements to community facilities in Western Sydney, South Australia and South East Queensland
  • community catering in south east Queensland and South Australia
  • computer and white goods recycling in South East Queensland
  • refurbishment of three Scout Halls in Northern Adelaide. Work for the Dole is funded by the Federal Government.

This year, 519 people were part of the group projects.

Community Based Training

The Community Based Training program provides young people with nationally accredited training and support to find work, particularly in vocations experiencing labour market skill shortages.

Certificate III level qualifications are offered in Aged Care, Customer Service, Early Childhood Development, Community Services and Process Manufacturing. Participants are provided with mentoring and support to complete the training and find work after completing the qualification.

As part of the program, participants complete work experience with an employer, with a number offered employment on completing the training. Other graduates often choose to continue their education at a tertiary level.

The program has engaged a large number of people from culturally diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, particularly in the Aged Care and Community Services areas.  

yourtown’s Aged Care program has been identified by the Queensland Government as a best practice project due to the high number of completions and employment outcomes achieved.  

The program is offered in South East Queensland and funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

This year, 113 young people received training and support to find work.

Work Skills Traineeships

Work Skills Traineeships provide young people with up to 26 weeks of paid employment.

The program not only provides paid work and accredited training, but gives young people the skills and experience needed to find a job. The program offers real work and, for many, their first paid job.

yourtown employs trade qualified supervisors to support and manage the young people and achieve quality work on the projects. At the same time, young people are supported by counselling and learning activities to prepare them for a successful transition to work at the conclusion of the traineeship.

Working with the Logan City Council, Ipswich City Council and other community based organisations, projects this year included the refurbishment of Council owned facilities such as sporting clubs and other community facilities, community re-vegetation and landcare activities, and the rejuvenation of local gardens and parks. Young people had the opportunity to complete a Certificate I in Construction or Certificate I in Conservation and Landcare Management.

Work Skills is funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

This year, nine community based work projects were completed with 74 young people employed in the program.

Work Skills Clients

Learning skills for the future

Calvin Duncan (left) and three other graduates were offered permanent jobs with Queensland Rail on completing the Work Skills program.

This Work Skills team worked on an Ipswich City Council construction and rejuvenation project for the city, which included planting around 1,500 new trees and building a 120M pathway and walking track.

03 What we do