Joblink is a not-for-profit organisation providing engagement, youth work and parenting services across north and west NSW.
Who we are
Joblink is a not-for-profit organisation working with communities to create employment opportunities with sustainable outcomes. Joblink Plus provides young people and their families with workshops and programs to build resilience and wellbeing.
Where we operate
Central West: Bathurst, Lachlan Valley, Lithgow, Mudgee, Orange
Far West and Orana: Coonamble, Broken Hill, Far West, Dubbo
Newcastle: Lake Macquarie, Lower Hunter, Maitland, Port Stephens and Upper Hunter
New England / North West: Armidale, Inverell, Tenterfield, Moree, Narrabri, Tamworth, Gunnedah
Who we can help
Primary students, secondary students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
What we do
Joblink Plus operates across 80 sites throughout northern and western NSW. We are consultative, collaborative and responsive to needs of schools. Since 1998, Joblink Plus has played a key role on 36 government initiatives with a total budget of over $250 million. Our rigorous systems and processes have ensured we have strong record of good governance.
Engagement or Re-engagement Services
- Aboriginal Cultural Security Activities
These programs are delivered by experienced Indigenous youth workers in schools. They include didgeridoo making and playing (for boys) as well as weaving and yarning circles, painting and dance. These activities are suitable for primary school students, Aboriginal only groups and smaller groups of up to 10 children. Time commitment is one hour a week for a term.
- Career Guidance Workshops, Resume and Job Interview Skills
This program supports young people in Year 9 and above to identify their strengths and aspirations. Our workshops include practical advice from local employers and referral to additional services and training organisations. Career guidance workshops are delivered by youth workers in schools or off-site by arrangement. Best suited to Year 10 and above.
- Resilience and Wellbeing Workshops
This program is for Year 9 students and promotes confidence, positive self-talk, online safety and anti-bullying strategies. The workshops are delivered by youth workers under the supervision of a registered psychologist. We can also provide whole day, off site workshops for 'at-risk' students.
Costs: Resilience and Wellbeing Workshops attract a fee of $5 per student to cover materials, transport and catering.
Youth Work Services
- Youth Employment Program (YEP)
YEP connects young people 15 years and over with a coach / mentor to help identify their strengths and articulate their education and employment goals. This program is especially suited to young people at risk of disengagement and in need of structured support. Students still enrolled in school will require permission from their principal to participate. The program is delivered offsite by experienced and qualified youth workers. Typically this is one-to-one, however group sessions can also be beneficial. The time commitment is generally once a fortnight, more frequently depending on individual needs. Our staff can also conduct general information sessions on the issues at schools.
- Transition to Work (TtW)
TtW is for students who are ready to leave school and need structured support to transition into employment or vocational education. Typically this is one-to-one, however group sessions can also be beneficial. The time commitment is generally once a fortnight, more frequently depending on individual needs. Our staff can also conduct general information sessions on the issues at schools.
- Parents Plus
Parents Plus is part of the Joblink Plus series of capacity building workshops. Depending on the topic, our workshops are delivered by youth workers, social services professionals and health professionals. Location is negotiable based on parent and school needs and is best suited to groups of around 20 parents. Time commitment is usually 90 minutes per workshop. Workshop topics include:
- first aid for babies and children
- healthy cooking and family budget planning
- talking to your teen about drugs and alcohol
- online safety
- healthy relationships
- preparing for a job.
Costs: Baby and Child First Aid attracts a small fee for those completing the certified training. Other workshops are delivered at no cost, with a gold coin donation to cover cost of light refreshments.
02 6764 6666