Breaking the Cycle

True Steel Graduates - March 2015

Addressing the impact of inter-generational unemployment and social exclusion

This project is collaborating with the Hope Centre, Warrawong, to support the identification of best practices and generate knowledge about successful strategies for engaging young people in specialised employment training programs.

The Hope Centre aims to equip young people with the relevant skills and social skills needs for positive engagement within the community and to deliver skills based experience specifically recognised with Government departments, Job Agencies, leading Australian and local employers and the University of Wollongong. The Centre recognises the growing, diverse and in places unique needs of our region and the need for the Illawarra community to model inter-generational equity. With this training program, the Centre can break the cycles of generational unemployment in the Illawarra; addictive lifestyle choices; mental health issues; reducing the youth suicide rate and encourage the young people (17 – 25 year olds) to engage in positive cultural collaboration and participation.

A program run by the Hope Centre is helping young people break down barriers, and enter the workforce.

Posted by WIN News Illawarra on Tuesday, 31 March 2015

This project is funded by the UOW Community Engagement Grants Scheme.

UOW Project Team

  • Mr Craig Napier
  • Ms Wendy Meyers
  • Dr Lynne Keevers
  • Paul Vaartjes
  • Professor Valerie Harwood
  • Dr Lisa Thomas
  • Dr Samantha McMahon

Community Partners

  • The Hope Centre, Warrawong
  • Coles
  • IRT
  • Warilla Sports Club
  • Minister for Social Services
  • Katana IT
  • The Disability Trust
  • Job Find Centre
  • Shellharbour City Council
  • Novotel
Last reviewed: 4 June, 2015

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