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Local youth service supporting young people to find employment during COVID-19

01-06-2020 Category: General Posted by: emily.roberts

Young people accessing headspace Dubbo services are being supported to find employment through the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program.

Carole Bayley, Vocational Specialist, said it’s a difficult time for young people as they navigate the uncertainties of COVID-19 which has impacted their education, employment and overall mental health.

“We’ve seen a 5% increase in young people accessing our services since the pandemic began. Young people are reaching out to chat to someone they trust and get support to find stable employment,” Ms Bayley said.

Young people accessing headspace Dubbo services are being supported to find employment through the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program.

Carole Bayley, Vocational Specialist, said it’s a difficult time for young people as they navigate the uncertainties of COVID-19 which has impacted their education, employment and overall mental health.

“We’ve seen a 5% increase in young people accessing our services since the pandemic began. Young people are reaching out to chat to someone they trust and get support to find stable employment,” Ms Bayley said.

IPS began as a trial in 2016, operating out of 14 headspace centres nationally. Now in its fourth year, IPS is in 24 centres and has supported over 184 young people locally.

“We provide a variety of supports through the program including job coaching, assistance navigating community support services and Centrelink, education and/or employment opportunities and limitless onthe-job support,” Ms Bayley said.

Rachel* joined the program after working through mental health concerns and homelessness. The IPS team have supported her to secure Centrelink, a permanent home and to land a job.

“Rachel rang me in tears as soon as she found out she got the job. It’s really special working with people like Rachel who are determined to get their life on track, and just need some guidance. This program can achieve wonderful things for local young people,” Ms Bayley said.

As restrictions on COVID-19 physical distancing requirements ease and local businesses work to get back on track, the IPS program is available to help local young people do the same.

The IPS program is available for young people aged 15-25, through headspace Dubbo at 23 Church Street or by calling 5852 1900.

* Name has been changed to protect identity

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