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The St Vincent de Paul Society started when a 20 year old man decided to do something about the poverty he saw in his community.

Today, Vinnies works with young people across Australia to continue this legacy, and to continue the fight for a more just and compassionate society.

From primary school, through high school, university, and beyond, the Society offers young people the opportunity to learn, reflect, and make a difference in their community. By taking part, you’ll be joining hundreds of school and youth groups across Australia working alongside Vinnies to grow the next generation of social justice advocates, and you’ll be supporting the direct work Vinnies does day-in-day-out to help those in our community who need it most.

Youth Skills & Pathways Program

In a fully supported environment, the Youth Skills and Pathways program aims to provide a low threshold and person-centred pathway for unemployed youth by catering to their specific needs so that they can gain skills which will increase their opportunities for future training or employment.

Young people aged 18-25 who may be impacted from under-education, underemployment, mental health problems, disability, poverty or homelessness and may face many challenges in accessing training, having a stable path to employment or maintaining a job.

Participants in the program will be able to gain valuable experience, competency and build practical skills by working in either one of Vinnies retail shops or Vinnies main Distribution Centre over the course of the three-month program.

These skills can include stock control and customer service in a real retail environment, or manual handling and warehouse tasks in the Distribution Centre as well as job ready support such as interview preparation and resume writing. The program also helps young people build critical personal skills and goals such as confidence, problem solving abilities and communication that can often become barriers in their development.

Our Youth Services staff understand that a young person may experience significant challenges in their lives that prevent them from being able to seek the usual paths to employment. By adopting a low threshold model and working alongside each individual in a fully supported program, this program enables young people to reach their employment and skill development goals. This offers the start to an employment or training pathway that would otherwise be disproportionately difficult to reach and maintain.

What the program offers 

  • Capacity to build practical skills
  • Gain experience in actual working environments
  • Develop positive work habits
  • Ability for a participant to identify personal skills and goals
  • Job support (eg: resume writing/interview preparation)
  • Program assistance (eg: meeting public transport costs getting to program locations)

Program Eligibility

  • Aged 18-25
  • Unemployed
  • Living in stable accommodation
  • Preferably linked with a case worker
  • Must have or apply for Police clearance
  • Be able to commit to at least one shift per week

How can I find out more?

For further information, please contact us at Vinnies Youth Services.
P (08) 6323 7524

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