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Mas PaTH for Inclusion Pilot was an industry-led, evidence-based pre-employment pathway designed to empower and connect young, unemployed people with skills shortage vacancies in the Disability Services sector.
The model was driven by industry stakeholders, who provide input in the attraction, skilling and matching of young job seekers to suitable employment vacancies.
Mas Transition programs deliver workforce participation, employment and transition services to individuals looking for a career change, to unemployed individuals.
Mas connects with your organisations to support and provide opportunities to our program participants, within an internship/traineeship model/direct employment, implemented in our Path for Inclusion 10 week programs.
Eligibility requirements for this program includes; 16-24 years, 6 months unemployed, registered with a jobActive or DES provider, Working with vulnerable people check.
A female participant was referred to the Mas Transitions service through Workskil, with her goal to secure employment in the care sector.
The participant was offered a place in the 10-week PaTH for Inclusion program based on her existing soft skills in addition to her display of motivation and desire to work in care.
The PaTH for Inclusion pre-employment program has been designed to connect young unemployed people with vacancies in the Disability Services sector, where a skills shortage has been identified.
Lacking fundamental skills in literacy, language, and numeracy (LLN), the participant faced several barriers to further learning and employment. These barriers included dyslexia and anxiety, which had in the past meant she was often unable to commit to completing training courses and programs
“This is the first time I’ve completed something from start to finish.” - Participant
After the Mas Transitions team identified these barriers, they worked with the participant on a one to one basis to formulate an individual learning plan. This included seeking support for the participant’s anxiety and supporting her with the vocational training component of the program.
The participant completed the 10-week PaTH for Inclusion program and has enrolled in a course to improve her LLN skills. This has been a major achievement for her, as she admits it is the first time she has seen a course or program through from beginning to end.
The PaTH to Inclusion model helps to connect participants with employment and training opportunities while they work to overcome their personal barriers. Through an internship or traineeship, participants work towards securing ongoing employment and are supported throughout by the Mas Transitions team.
Now undertaking a placement within a child care centre, the participant will go on to achieve her Certificate III in Child Care once she has completed all course requirements. She continues to receive guidance from the Mas Transitions team and can access their support whenever she recognises that she may be struggling.