ATEP liaised with community groups such as the Brotherhood of St Lawrence to identify barriers to youth employment and invite applications. The project is developed to support the needs of unemployed youth in the area including limitations on public transport.
The ATEP projects offer a range of support to assist with barriers to attending and completing the project. It offers:
- Certificate II in relevant trades/industries (currently building and construction pathways, with the view to expand to Infrastructure, Hospitality, Automotive & more),
- Work experience with host employers
- Full TAFE fee support for eligible participants,
- Foundation P.P.E.
- Door to door transportation with community buses to address areas of disadvantage and poor transport infrastructure (specifically problematic in the peninsula region),
- Resume/portfolio development and job readiness support,
- And then place successfully completed youth in front of potential employers as apprentices from GTO or via direct employment.
The first of 3 projects to commence was in partnership with Chisholm TAFE, units are being delivered from Certificate II in Building and Construction (22216VIC). Work experience was initially offered one day a week from week 4. After several weeks the Hosts feedback indicated that work placement would be more effective if the host could show participants more variety and end to end tasks if they had them for week blocks. The remaining weeks of this program have been rescheduled to accommodate this.