Despite having a university degree in media and some solid volunteer experience behind him, Riley was finding it extremely difficult to get stable employment.

After completing his degree, his focus was primarily on getting into the media field, but he expanded his search to finding any stable job that would provide a meaningful experience. After an extended period of applying for numerous jobs day in day out, which included a lot of cold calling, Riley’s motivation hit a very low point.

Riley joined the SYC Sticking Together Project as a participant in January this year, after working with his Work Coach Kara for several weeks he gained short-term employment in a stocktake role, but continued to find it difficult to secure ongoing work. Kara suggested the Get Into Social Care program, which SYC delivered earlier this year in conjunction with Prince’s Trust International, Prince’s Trust Australia and local aged care provider ECH.

The program was designed to give young people real exposure to work in the aged-care sector and also challenge their misconceptions about what a career in the industry entails. The program appealed to Riley because he liked that the focus was on the residents and he also had a personal connection with a family member suffering from Dementia.

Riley said the program helped spark an interest in working in the Aged Care industry, it also gave him tangible skills and experience to progress.

“The Get Into program helped me with communication skills and team work skills. As well as first aid, manual handling and supporting dementia, which is always useful.”

“The work placement was definitely my favourite part, it was great to do actual work and experience the working environment instead of sitting in a classroom,” he said

Riley was one of the successful participants who was offered a position with ECH at the end of the program, his SYC Work Coach Kara said his new role has given him the ability to expand his learning and skill set.

“The commencement of meaningful employment has greatly improved Riley’s overall wellbeing, allowing him to now plan for the future, as well as improving connections within his personal life.

“The combination of the Get Into Program and the Sticking Together Project has allowed Riley to start working towards both personal and professional goals.

“His self-worth and confidence have also greatly improved since completing the program.


The Get Into Social Care program was part of the Prince’s Trust International Get Into pilot series in Australia with SYC and The Prince’s Trust Australia. This particular program was run with local aged care provider ECH.