Working with young people from refugee backgrounds
Experiences in providing employability skills training
Response to the Dept. of Employment Consultation Paper on Youth Jobs PaTH
The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (Foundation House) welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback about the first stage of the Youth Jobs PaTH – employability skills training. Such consultation processes ensure that the program can be implemented in an accessible and appropriate manner to people from refugee backgrounds, including those seeking asylum.
Since 2008, Foundation House has been delivering Ucan2, a comprehensive work readiness program for young people (16-25) of refugee backgrounds. Ucan2 aims to facilitate the social inclusion of young people by supporting them with access to employment, training and education, providing mental health and wellbeing support and facilitating social connections and networks. Currently, the program is receiving funding under the Settlement Services Youth Transition Support which is administered via the Department of Social Services (DSS).
The responses to this consultation paper will draw upon the learnings and experiences in the Ucan2 program, and Foundation House welcomes further direct consultations given our long history in delivering work readiness programs for youth of refugee backgrounds.
Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (September 8, 2016). Document name: Working with young people from refugee backgrounds - Experiences providing employability skills training.