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It is our experience that
successful approaches to the provision of employment assistance must tackle
issues from this "holistic" perspective - certainly a challenge for our
industry as we become increasingly focused on the achievement of "outcomes"
that are narrowly defined, with funding arrangements to match.
In terms of resources
requires to establish partnerships, Work Force has utilised its existing
staff and programs in order to facilitate linkages with its local Aboriginal
community. One Employment Consultant has plays an ongoing critical role in
establishing relationships and in turn has "linked in" the rest of the Work
Force team. All work Force staff have ATSI jobseekers in their caseloads
(that is, Work Force does not have a designated worker for this client
group). This approach has proven to be positive, with all Work Force staff
developing an awareness of Aboriginal culture and employment related issues.
All staff members have attended cross-cultural training, in addition to
meeting with staff from the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and Darebin
Work Force believes it has
been "successful" in its association with local Aboriginal communities. This
view appears to be supported by Work Force service users and local
Aboriginal service providers. We consider that our success comes as a direct
result of the agency's commitment to this group, commitment that is shown by
staff, management and, importantly, the Committee of Management. In addition
to this, our willingness to be flexible in terms of methods of consultation,
seeking direction on program issues and asking the community for feedback on
ways in which we can work together has also been a critical success factor.
We define "success" as
incorporating the following;
Awareness of our service
by the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) and the Aboriginal Access
Worker at our local generic community health centre - Work Force staff are
readily recognised by staff and clients at VAHS and staff from both services
feel comfortable in facilitating linkages between their clients and Work
Work Force has been
invited to attend NAIDOC day activities, address staff at VAHS, and become a
member of Darebin Aboriginal Network and Koori Employment Support Network
(both of which we have actively participated in).
ATSI referrals regularly
made to Work Force via VAHS and Darebin Community Health.
Open communication with
workers about the appropriateness of their referrals and facilitation of
referrals to other options where appropriate (including pre-vocatio~nal
Participation of ATSI
jobseekers in Work Force activities - including job related and social
Exchange of information
across VAHS and Work Force staff.
Little compromise in the
overall model of Work Force service delivery, that is, we have not attempted
to establish a separate employment program. This approach has proven to be
positive to date, but is subject to ongoing review and evaluation.
In terms of employment
outcomes (as per DFaCS specifications) they have not been as high as would
have been expected, given the number of ATSI jobseekers we have provided
employment assistance to. We are satisfied, however, that a number of other
positive outcomes were achieved for jobseekers that did not, or are yet to,
secure jobs. These include; placement into further education and training
options, referral to CRS for specialist assessments, referral to other
community-based service providers, regular participation in Work Force