Investing in people, helping them to grow and to access career opportunities is of vital importance to us as trainers and educators.
That’s why Selmar Institute of Education was part of a cross-sector collaboration with the Department of Jobs and Small Business, Calvary Community Care, a home care provider based in Mount Waverly, Victoria, and Ternary a specialised recruiter in the health care sector, for the Launch into Work program.
Launch into Work is a $10 million initiative by the Department of Jobs and Small Business. It aims to develop long-term employment pathways for women, as well as opportunities for men to participate in roles that have traditionally been filled by women.
The Launch into Work collaboration enabled Ternary to use its referral networks to identify great candidates for Calvary. Their goal is to match job seekers with likeminded values and attributes suited to specific aged care jobs within Calvary, and then see them developing their skills and experience for the roles through a pre-employment program. As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), we help to design the pre-employment programs alongside Ternary and then help support candidates through the intensive training program before they start work. Our involvement ensures the needs of both the employer and job seeker are met.
All teams involved gained benefit from this cross collaboration
The collaboration showed great results
The final result provides Calvary Community Care the right recruits for their organisation, better opportunities and a sense of achievement for candidates.
Two recent programs with collaborative effort from Selmar, Calvary and Ternary have been a great success, with 22 participants gaining meaningful employment as community support workers in the growing aged care industry.
Not only have the participants experienced the notable benefit of getting employed, but Calvary found the program so effective and beneficial to their organisation that they are delivered the program twice.
The Launch into Work program participants were a diverse group, with 17 women and five men taking part aged between 19 and 63-years old. Within the group, there were several cultural and religious backgrounds represented as well as five religious backgrounds, members of the LGBTQI+ community, and parents returning to the workforce.
While the individuals each had an industry recognised qualification, they had all been unable to find permanent aged care jobs for reasons such as lack of confidence, perceived discrimination, financial disadvantage and poor past experiences in the aged care industry.
Through the recruiting process, participants were chosen based on attitude, personality, passion and those with an enthusiasm to change their future.
Selmar graduates Launch into Work with Calvary Community Care
We look forward to continuing to support organisations as they utilise the Launch into Work program to help people move into paid work, build their confidence and skill and ultimately gain pathways into employment for a rewarding career.