Careers Network Inc

A not-for-profit organisation providing mentoring, engagement and youth work services to young people in north west NSW.

Who we are

Careers Network Inc (CNI) is a not-for-profit organisation servicing the New England and North West regions of NSW.  We deliver quality programs by working together to provide career pathways for young people.

Where we operate

Armidale, Inverell, Tenterfield, Moree, Narrabri, Tamworth, Gunnedah.

Who we can help

Primary students, secondary students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students,  refugee students ,Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students, Schools for Specific Purposes, students with disability

What we do

We work with local, state and federal government, communities, business and industry, education, parents and young people to implement projects and programs to support mentoring, work readiness, work experiences and individualised case management opportunities for young people. Careers Network Inc also works to connect organisations in a partnership approach to strengthen linkages with education and industry while offering industry engagements and real-life experiences.

Mentoring Services

  • Career Engagement Program
    Our program delivers support for 'at risk' Year 9 students through vocational learning, enterprise skill development and work experience opportunities. The program provides a taste of vocational course delivery over the school year. We work with identified students to deliver a meaningful and supported program which increases their engagement with education and promotes the extension of students interested in a vocational pathway. Our programs have delivered increased student engagement and participation and more awareness of school-based traineeships and apprentices. While delivery is by negotiation, the current model is two days per week over the school year, with the goal of creating an individualised pathway and career plan for each student. One day of the week involves training with an agreed Registered Training Organisation. The other day incorporates sessions on communication skills, enterprise skills, volunteer work, work experiences, budgeting, resumes, team work, self-esteem, job applications and interview skills.

Costs: By negotiation. Each project includes consultation with the participating schools to outline objectives, timelines, personnel, performance indicators, stakeholders, reporting and budgets. We also work with schools to ensure timelines are met and projects are completed.

Engagement or Re-engagement Services

  • Career Pathways Support
    This is a transitional program that helps young people at risk of disengaging to reengage with their education, training and or employment. The Career Pathways Support program is designed to support young people to identify their personal, educational, training and employment goals. We use an individualised, person-centred case management model which provides direct support for each participant, determined by their specific current and future needs. Successful outcomes are evidenced by student reengagement in education, training, traineeships, apprenticeships and employment. Individualised case management is aimed at Year 9 to 12 students and delivered by experienced, local youth case workers. Careers Network Inc currently engages with eligible enrolled students upon referral, as well as students on a 100-day exemption. We help young people identify their immediate and future goals and develop a career and transition plan. Education, training and employment pathways are supported by workshops on work readiness, resumes, job applications and connections. We also use professional services to support wellbeing and identify and address additional barriers such as homelessness.

Costs: By negotiation. Each project includes consultation with the participating schools to outline objectives, timelines, personnel, performance indicators, stakeholders, reporting and budgets. We also work with school to ensure timelines are met and projects are completed.

Youth Work Services

  • Work Experience Connections, Career Transitions and Planning
    This program involves group or individual planning sessions designed to engage students in the world of work, develop enterprise skills, knowledge of industries and the identification of future career pathways. Exposure to potential careers before leaving school is invaluable for young people, whether it's a trade, a university pathway or casual or part-time employment. Program participants explore the multitude of opportunities that are available to a young person. Career transitions and planning sessions can be delivered to primary and secondary students. They can be tailored to industry areas and often incorporating guest speakers and mock interviews.Individual negotiations with schools and teachers will determine the delivery model to be engaged. This may incorporate:
    • individual student needs
    • whole classes
    • an identified cohort.

Costs: Each project includes consultation with the participating schools to outline objectives, timelines, personnel, performance indicators, stakeholders, reporting and budgets. We also work with school to ensure timelines are met and projects are completed.

Contact

Debbie Taekata

Ph: 02 6763 4800

debbie@careersnetwork.org.au

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