Wednesday, 08 March 2017 10:06

UnitingCare Australia Welcomes $10m in Funding for New Employment Program

UnitingCare Australia has today welcomed an announcement by Federal Minister for Women and Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash, of a $10million commitment over three years to a new ‘Launch into Work’ program.

UnitingCare Australia has successfully piloted an employment program in partnership with the Australian Government aiming to provide women, and some men, who might otherwise struggle to get a foothold in the job market, with a career pathway.

National Director Claerwen Little said UnitingCare Australia is committed to innovative responses to employment issues and welcomes the Government’s decision to extend the partnership and fund this new project.

“Launch into Work is an innovative model that addresses both employment issues for individuals and helps employers meet their workforce needs,” she said.

Three pilot projects have been completed with a near 100% success rate helping 31 women successfully transition to employment.

Participants have completed both pre-employment and on the job training, as well as receiving mentoring. Those who have successfully completed all the requirements of the project have been offered roles within UnitingCare community services agencies.

“It has been a life changing opportunity for many participants,” Claerwen Little said.

“I congratulate our staff at UnitingCare Australia, along with the three pilot sites, UnitingCare West, UnitingCare Wesley Bowden (Adelaide), and Wesley Mission Queensland, for their initiative and commitment to successfully developing this project.

“We are pleased that this funding will allow other organisations to deliver the new program and benefit more people around the country,” Ms Little said.

A tranche of ‘Launch into Work’ programs planned by Uniting in NSW and the ACT will be the initial focus of support from the new funding available to UnitingCare Australia.

The UnitingCare network is one of Australia’s largest providers of social services, providing assistance to one in eight Australians and employing 40,000 staff, supported by 30,000 volunteers at 1,600 sites across urban, rural, and remote communities.