Key Employment Association Limited

A not-for-profit providing mentoring, engagement, school refusal, parenting and homework services for people with disability on the Mid North Coast.

Who we are

We are a disability employment service and we've been providing specialist employment and training services for people with disability since 1991. We provide individually designed engagement and mentoring programs for students as well as youth work services.

Where we operate

Coffs Harbour, Grafton Mid-North Coast, Great Lakes, Kempsey, Nambucca, Port Macquarie, Taree, Gloucester

Who we can help

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

Our recent focus has been our youth work and we have established a youth hub in Coffs Harbour to provide a safe environment for at risk young people. We run Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW) for young people who are disengaged from the community, don't or can’t attend school and are not ready for work. We support them through HSC equivalent qualification and personal development activities including street art classes, cooking classes, training on drugs and alcohol, sexual health, domestic violence, bullying, budgeting, fitness classes and other outdoor activities.

Mentoring

We have six trained youth workers and a registered psychologist who provide tailored mentoring services to each young person. All our services are person-centred and designed to meet the needs to the individual and school. Examples of the mentoring services we offer include:

  • Life skills programs: budgeting, cooking, independent living, hygiene and personal presentation
  • Identity: setting up bank accounts, getting a licence, tax file number, birth certificate
  • Personal development: drugs and alcohol, sexual health, bullying, domestic violence, motivation, self-esteem
  • Work Readiness: work behaviours, work experience.

Our mentoring programs are designed to improve self-esteem and minimise anti-social behaviours whilst building skills and confidence. To promote community engagement and social inclusion partner with:

  • schools
  • Headspace and other youth services
  • local councils
  • business.

The ultimate aim of our mentoring programs is to help young people achieve their dreams by creating positive experiences and interactions in their lives and with their community. One-to-one mentoring can be provided either in the school or at one of our youth friendly offices. All programs are facilitated by trained youth workers. If required we can provide one-to-one mentoring with our registered psychologist. Our formal mentoring programs run for two hours a week, per term. We prefer to run these with small groups of up to 10 students, but can tailor them to suit individuals or larger groups upon request. We have youth friendly training facilities in all our sites. We can also come to the school if preferred. Our work experience program is completed on a work site in the community. Students will be accompanied by a mentor where needed during this placement and times and location will vary pending upon the workplace. All transport to and from work experience can be provided by one of our mentors.

Costs: Each student’s circumstances will determine the fee structure, ranging from group-based programs to individual services. As a general guide our rates are $65 per hour, per student, for one-to-one support and $25 per hour, per student, for group-based support.

Engagement / re-engagement

Our engagement and re-engagement services are tailored to the needs of the individual student. We recognise that disengaged young people are often facing incredible levels of disadvantage and we specialise in helping them address issues that often fall outside of the mandate of schools. We can help young people who are dealing with:

  • homelessness
  • drug and alcohol abuse
  • bullying
  • self-harm and suicide
  • mental health / diagnosis and referral.

Our re-engagement programs are designed to get students excited about education again. We aim to promote self-esteem, pro-social behaviours, skill-building and confidence. We develop an individual plans with each student with that have clear personal aims and goals. Our services are delivered through one-to-one case management by trained youth workers or registered psychologist. We can provide this service at our office or in school, at a time convenient to the student and school. We can provide as many hours support as needed, however a minimum two-hour weekly meeting is recommended. We also offer a space for students to complete their studies away from school if, they require some time out from the school environment.

Costs: Each student’s circumstances will determine the fee structure for that person. However, as a general guide rates are $65 per hour per student for one-to-one support and $25 per hour, per student for group-based support.

Youth work

Key Employment Youth Service runs many varied and well-received youth programs including:

  • breakfast programs
  • youth sexual health clinic
  • Hoops @ the Hub
  • crisis services
  • referral services
  • Youth Hub
  • youth worker case management
  • life skills courses
  • get fit activities
  • anger and stress management.

Our youth services aim to provide opportunities for social, educational and recreational development whilst offering a sense of belonging and community pride. We aim to help young people achieve their dreams by creating positive experiences and interactions in their lives and with their community. We will provide a range of youth work, counselling and community development techniques to engage and support young people. Our programs are designed to improve self-esteem and minimise anti-social behaviours. All our youth services are facilitated by trained youth workers. We can tailor all programs to meet the needs of schools and individual students. Our programs can be run with individuals, small groups or for whole year groups from our youth hub or local office or we can come to you.

Costs: Each student’s circumstances will determine the fee structure for that person. However, as a general guide rates are $65 per hour per student for one-to-one support and $25 per hour, per student for group-based support.

School Refusal

  • Kids and The Power of Work (KAPOW)
    KAPOW is a school refusal program that is designed for young people who are not attending school and is geared towards getting them ready for work. KAPOW students study a certificate II in Retail, a personal development program and a work readiness program. The aim of KAPOW is to assist young people who are not attending school to re-engage with an education program that is geared towards getting them ready for work. The program is tailored to meet the needs of kids who have often not been able to thrive within the department of education framework. The course is very practical and includes a life skills component. The course aims to give students confidence to either return to school or onto alternative education and ultimately employment. KAPOW runs two days a week, 9:am to 3:pm, for 30 weeks. The course is broken down into three 9 week terms, with a one-week break in between. The KAPOW course is run from our training facilities by an accredited retail trainer and each student is supported individually by a trained youth worker. The course is most suited to students in Year 8, 9 and 10 who are refusing to attend school.

Costs: $2700 per student, per term.

Homework and tutorial

  • Homework Club at the Hub
    This program is offered in our Coffs Harbour site for students of all ages. It combines tutorial support with physical activity to get both the mind and body working. The program is run by ex-teachers and students are supported in all homework subjects. They are also provided with afternoon tea and have access to sporting facilities including basketball and tennis courts.

Costs: Homework club at the hub costs $25 per hour, per student. Prices can be negotiated depending on individual circumstances.

Parenting services

All our services are person-centered and designed to meet the needs to the individual and school. Examples of the parenting services we offer include:

  • How to Parent Teens: expectations, risk taking behaviour, mental health
  • Life skills programs: budgeting, cooking, independent living, hygiene and personal presentation
  • referral and diagnosis services for parents
  • mental health and suicide awareness.

Our parenting programs aim to support the young people in our communities by providing the adults in their life with the skills and confidence they need to communicate and support them in healthy, proactive ways. The programs are  facilitated by youth workers and our registered psychologist and can be delivered to groups and individuals. We can provide support at our offices or in schools. We can also deliver the programs outside of work hours if required. Our courses run for 12 to 16 weeks for a minimum of two hours a week and can be tailored to suit the needs of parents. We can provide child-minding if required.

Costs: All fees are negotiable however as a general guide rates are $65 per hour, per person for one to one support and $25 per hour, per person for group-based support.

Contact details

Jodi Wood jodi@keyemployment.com.au

Simon Booth simon@keyemployment.com.au

(02) 6691 9999

1300 539 5627

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