Bridging the workforce gender gap is an ambitious goal, but Central, in collaboration with Uniting Care is taking action.
UnitingCare Australia, in partnership Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has launched The Springboard Project – an initiative to create employment opportunities for vulnerable women.
The goal of the project is to select, train, mentor and employ vulnerable women to provide them with jobs and future career pathways within the community and aged care services of the UnitingCare network.
The Springboard Project evolved through collaboration between Minister Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women and Employment; and Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.
While the project’s primary focus is to support women into the workforce, the program is also open to men interested in working in the community sector.
Perth was the first location to trial The Springboard Project and Central screened and selected participants for the project.
Central also provided the four-week pre-employment program for participants and mentors, who support the participants throughout the training and during their subsequent employment.
The training includes a mixture of accredited training from Central and non-accredited and on the job training with mentors from UnitingCare West.
Successful graduates will be offered a role at UnitingCare West as Community Support Workers in disability services.
In the Perth trial, 14 participants were selected (12 women 2 men), with all but three being referred to the project by the Department of Employment’s Jobactive program.
Following a review of the Perth trial, the project is expected to be rolled out nationally across all UnitingCare sites.
Video produced by UnitingCare West