Brotherhood of St Laurence
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August 2017 First published in March 2017

To develop this Practice Guide, BSL led a co-design process with the Transition to Work Community of Practice. Collectively, the CoP organisations tested and refined a number of foundational documents and tools; the feedback and expertise of their managers and CEOs, and the Youth Development Coaches and Employer Engagement Officers of each of these organsations (listed below), was instrumental in the development of this Practice Guide: Workways, Gen-Z Employment, Vocational Partnerships Group, School Industry Partnership, Australia Community Support Organisation, Colony 47, YouthWorX NT, Joblink Midwest, Anglicare South Australia, Brophy Family and Youth Services

Bibliography : p. 71-73

For several years now, the BSL has been developing and testing a different approach to working with young people experiencing disadvantage across a number of settings including employment, education and housing. In particular the TtW CoP Model has drawn on the approach taken by the Youth Transitions Program (YTP)2 and the EFY Foyers. The YTP was initially developed by the BSL in 2010 and delivered across three sites in western Melbourne with the aim of building the work aspirations and capabilities of young people experiencing disadvantage to engage in further learning and/or work. It provided a structured training component as well as connections to real world opportunities, engagement with the local community and referral to health and wellbeing services. In 2014, the BSL and Launch Housing (formerly Hanover Welfare Services) developed the EFY Foyer model with three Victorian Foyers currently operating at co-located Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sites across Victoria – two in Melbourne at Holmesglen TAFE in Glen Waverly and Bendigo Kangan TAFE in Broadmeadows, and one at Shepparton’s GO TAFE in regional Victoria. EFY Foyers provide integrated learning and student accommodation in mainstream educational settings for young people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and prepares them to build the foundations for a sustainable livelihood. The model embeds an Advantaged Thinking approach in all its practices, processes and tools, which are designed to promote and build young people’s aspirations, skills and capacities. By prioritising engagement with education, the model builds young people’s connections to mainstream education, services and opportunities. Coupled with the research and evaluative work conducted by the BSL’s Research and Policy Centre, the learnings from these programs have informed the development of a set of core principles and features of a model. Through the TtW Community of Practice, this model is being tested and refined using the extensive expertise of the TtW CoP members, and adapted to suit local community contexts.

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