Employment initiative helps young people Get Moving for work

Get Moving, an initiative funded by the Department of Jobs and Small Business and run by Workskil Australia, will assist unemployed people aged 18-24 to relocate for work.

The program recognises that not all young people live in an area where job opportunities are plentiful. It provides participants with the opportunity and support to move into a sustainable job in an area with a more promising labour market.

Workskil Australia Get Moving manager Maja Pasaricek said the program was unique in the way it recognises that young people need extra support to move for work and provides that support in a caring, practical and flexible way.

“Before relocation, the participants take part in pre-location training and support to build their resilience and decision-making skills,” Pasaricek said. “This better prepares them to make the move once they are offered a placement.”

Workskil’s program uses mentors to support young people before, during and after their relocation. Participants receive a minimum of six months post-relocation support.

“This has been particularly important for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds,” Pasaricek said. “They receive more intensive support to overcome the challenges of living independently, managing a job, housing and finances.”

The program provides frequent engagement and extra support as needed. For example, face-to-face meetings with mentors have helped address loneliness or isolation issues, as have short-term leave and visits home.

Get Moving is part of the Empowering YOUth Initiatives (EYI) initiatives by the Department of Jobs and Small Business to help long-term unemployed young people aged 15 to 24 years  to improve their skills and move toward sustainable employment.

Get Moving is available to young people in:

  • Areas of South Australia – Adelaide West, Adelaide North and North West Country (Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Lincoln).
  • Hunter (excluding Newcastle) in New South Wales
  • North Western Melbourne and Barwon (Corio, Geelong and Waurn Ponds) in Victoria.