We’re pretty bloody lucky to have Centrelink here in Australia. When you find yourself short of a job, the service is a necessity. But at the same time, Centrelink benefits are barely enough to live on and finding a job will provide heaps more opportunities for learning new skills and making that sweet, sweet money. The goal is to get off Centrelink and into the workforce.
The thing is though, finding a job can be a tough gig, especially when you don’t have a whole lot of qualifications or experience. This is where the Transition to Work initiative can lend a helping hand. It’s a government program that is designed to help young people get confident and qualified for the workforce.
Transition to Work providers are all about helping young people get education and training, developing practical skills to get a job, finding work experience placements and getting jobs.
To be eligible, you must be between 15 and 21 years old and be an Australian citizen or the holder of a permanent visa. Eligibility is also dependent on a few other circumstantial factors, such as whether you’ve finished Year 12, you’re receiving Youth Allowance payments, you’ve been employed or undertaking any education in the last six months and if you’re participating in any other employment services. The service is especially aimed at early school leavers (those who have not completed Year 12) who are seeking work but anyone who’s eligible can make use of it (even if they’re not on Centrelink).
How to get started:
If you live in Queensland, you can hit up BUSY At Work, an established non-for profit organisation who specialise in helping young people find work. For more info, you can search for a local job provider through their Find a Provider page.
For all other states (as well as Queensland) you can check out the Transition to Work fact sheet or call the National Customer Service Line on 1300 854 414.
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