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Opening up career avenues for unemployed youth

Resilience Through Inspiration & Determination leading to Employment (RIDE) is a fresh new approach to guiding at-risk unemployed youth into further training or employment opportunities.

Youth unemployment is high among at-risk groups, who experience:

  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Generational unemployment
  • Limited access to transport
  • Non-attendance at school
  • Low confidence and self-esteem
  • A lack of support

The RIDE program

Mas Transition’s RIDE program helps young at-risk Australians find their pathway to further education, training and employment opportunities.

Fun, engaging and mentally stimulating, the program sets young people up with the best chance of success.

RIDE delivers 30 interactive workshops with activities to empower disadvantaged youth to enter the workforce. Participants improve physical and mental health while gaining crucial work-ready skills, industry network contacts and guidance on securing employment.

Mas launched RIDE in early 2019 in South Australia and Tasmania in collaboration with Lighthouse Youth Projects — together we’re working to equip young people with the confidence, skills and motivation they need to thrive.

Group of RIDE program participants standing under the sign for Clarence Skills Park
A group of young people standing in front of a building, smiling at the camera.

Confidence and skill-building workshops

RIDE combines the fun and physicality of BMX and mountain bike riding with vocational and non-vocational workshops to help young Australians ready themselves for employment. Participants develop and apply transferable skills, while also being able to contribute to their communities.

RIDE focuses on addressing the underlying drivers for poor performance, such as low education, unemployment and a lack of positive social inclusion. The program also invests in early intervention and prevention to help young people better transition into employment.

On a rotating basis each session, half of the participating group travel on exciting and challenging bike trips with expert BMX and downhill riders. Meanwhile, the other half undertake engaging lessons and activities on issues like financial literacy, job interviews and resume writing. Whether participants have no idea what they want to do for work, don’t enjoy school or are facing their own unique challenges, this program successfully spurs personal growth and employment outcomes.

Case Study #1

A teenager was referred to the Mas Transitions service through our Disability Employment Services partner Interact Australia. As a teenage parent with several personal hurdles to overcome, this young man faced significant barriers to employment.

Through this referral the participant became involved in the Cycle of Change program, and once this ended attended the RIDE program, both run by Mas Transitions in partnership with Lighthouse Youth Projects (LYP).

The participant initially showed a lack of focus and determination and frequently missed appointments, stating he ‘could not be bothered’ attending. Mas Transitions facilitators and LYP mentors worked together with the young man to challenge this attitude.

With a focus on physical and mental health management and the development of work-ready skills, the RIDE program equips participants with the confidence, skills, and motivation they need to thrive and succeed.

“The programs have helped me understand that I can get a job and finish things that I start, like training courses.” – Participant

As a result of his participation in the RIDE program, the participant has been able to obtain his driver’s license, removing transportation as a potential barrier to future employment. He is also enrolled in a steel framing pre-apprenticeship program, delivered by ATEC in partnership with Mas and Interact.

To illustrate how far he has come since joining RIDE, the participant currently completes a 4 hour round trip to ATEC each day from his home. This demonstrates a significant change in attitude and shows the young man’s newly developed resilience and determination to succeed.

The future is bright for this young man as he nears the end of his pre-apprenticeship, and his goal to eventually enter a full apprenticeship supported with further mentoring through Mas.

Case Study #2

A female participant with Asperger Syndrome was referred to the Mas Transitions RIDE program through her Disability Employment Service provider. The participant finds social situations difficult, which in turn has impacted her ability to find employment.

The participant would initially distance herself from others, however, as the weeks went on she developed close friendships with others on the program. Creating a team environment that is supportive and inclusive is a fundamental part of the RIDE program structure, and helps to create strong bonds between participants while developing a sense of community.

“RIDE has given me friendship, we meet and go to the cinema, have sleepovers and talk for hours. I have never had this before.” – Participant

“My daughter who has a disability has done many programs, none of them have had quite the impact that RIDE has. I can’t believe the change in her. She now has friends over for dinner and is keen to show us the new things she has learned on the program.” – Parent

Having demonstrated an increase in social confidence, the participant began to feel that she was better equipped to seek employment. A volunteer role at a local foodbank provided the perfect stepping stone and the participant began volunteering two days a week in addition to attending the RIDE program.

Once she had successfully completed the RIDE program, the participant then commenced a full-time role with the same organisation.

To learn more about the RIDE program or to get started, contact us today

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