SYC has just been awarded a major contract by the Australian federal government to deliver a broad roll out of the highly successful ParentsNext program over 3 years.

ParentsNext is a pre-employment program designed to help parents of small children into training and education or paid work. Since 2016, the program has been running in 10 pilot locations across the country and successfully helped thousands of parents prepare for work.

As part of the pilot program, we have run two very successful sites in the City of Playford in South Australia and in the City of Hume in Victoria. We have retained those two pilot locations and has now also won an additional four employment regions resulting in a total of 10 sites.

Our CEO Paul Edginton welcomed the announcement saying it marked a major expansion of the our work and increasing our national footprint significantly, including opening our first ever site in Logan in south-east Queensland.

“We’ve seen first-hand just how successful this program can be in supporting parents of young children to get into work,” he said.

“We know that many parents of young children want to be in the workforce, but sometimes they struggle to get into – or return to – paid employment and feel they are often overlooked by some employers.”

“There are often many challenges faced by parents when combining the important job of raising a family while preparing to return to work,” he said.

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ParentsNext looks to:

  • Target early intervention assistance for parents at risk of long-term welfare dependency
  • Help parents identify and reach their education and employment goals through participation in activities, and
  • Connect parents to local services that can help them to prepare for employment.

We will be working with more than 3,000 parents, across 10 locations in SA, Victoria and Queensland.

“We’re delighted that winning this contract serves two significant purposes. Firstly we are genuinely delighted that we have the opportunity to support more parents into paid employment and all of the benefits that brings,” he said.

“But also importantly for us as a leader in the community services sector, this significant win also underpins our plans to grow the business more broadly nationally. We believe this win is a terrific acknowledgment of our continued success in helping people in need find stability,” he said.

The first stream will deliver a targeted ParentsNext program to the most disadvantaged parents in all 51 of the employment regions, identified by the Australian Government across the country.

The second stream will deliver a more intensive ParentsNext program in the existing 10 pilot locations and a further 20 locations where there is a high proportion of Parenting Payment recipients who are Indigenous.

The program will commence 1 July 2018.