Work It Out

The Work It Out program is for young people in the Richmond-Tweed region, aged 15 to 19 who are not currently in employment, education or training.  The program is designed to help young people address the barriers and challenges they are facing that may be preventing them from undertaking or engaging in employment, education and training opportunities.

Assistance under the Work It Out program is tailored to the individual needs of the young person, usually over a 12 to 26 week period, though the Work It Out staff will continue to work with each person until they secure an outcome.

The Work It Out program is funded by the Department of Industry under the NSW Regional VET Pathways program with funding until the end of 2020.

Work It Out services:

  • employability skills and knowledge training such as communication, teamwork, career          planning, job search, cold calling and interview skills
  • assistance with resume preparation and application letter writing
  • job search support including assisting with transport to interviews if needed
  • financial support for work related expenses such as a drivers licence, work clothes or            safety equipment
  • access and support to participate in formal training
  • one on one mentoring and coaching as required
  • referral to other support agencies to deal with individual challenges
  • preparation of a transition plan to assist young people to achieve their work, education        or training goals

For more details on the program please download our Work It Out brochure which provides examples of the sort of assistance that can be accessed through the program.

If you are based in the Richmond-Tweed region of NSW and would like to talk to someone about your eligibility please visit our dedicated website or use the Work It Out contact page to either phone or email to discuss your needs.  You can also download our referral form, complete it and email it to one of our team members listed on the form. Young people who are currently receiving assistance from the federal government under the Transition To Work program are ineligible for the Work It Out program. If you are not based in the Richmond-Tweed region, please refer to the other program providers in NSW to see if your region has a program operating.

Work It Out EPPP

Work It Out is now being trialed in select schools on the North Coast. Schools include: Murwillumbah High, Mullumbimby High, Wollumbin High, Ballina Coast High, Alstonville High, Grafton High, South Grafton, Woolgoolga High and Maclean High. This initiative is part of the NSW Department of Educational Pathways Pilot Program.

Work It Out, EPPP, represents a holistic approach to supporting students by systematically addressing any barriers or challenges they may face when it comes to engaging with school, or transitioning successfully to work or training. Students work with a mentor to co-design a transition plan that identifies assistance and options for moving forward. That means everything from helping students identify career options to personality testing, resume preparation, job search tips and even things like help with securing learner’s permits, bank accounts and tax file numbers. In some instances, the support can include advocacy and liaison with third parties to tackle homelessness, family challenges, mental health, or any other barrier the student may be facing.