The Sticking Together Project is our youth employment model that pairs young people with a coach for 60 weeks.

It’s a research-driven program that uses innovative tools and practice to give young people the maximum chance of success when entering into and sticking to employment.

It represents a big change in the way that a young person interacts with an employment service. Our coaches are highly mobile and constantly problem solving. They are tasked with developing a strong rapport with the young people they support and working with them through whatever they need to do to be prepared for fruitful employment.

Recently, we asked Sticking Together Project Coach Karim about his experience.

Karim, right, with fellow Coach Justin, left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When did you start with SYC?

I started with SYC in October 2016, in the leadup to the beginning of the Sticking Together Pilot.

What were you doing before the Sticking Together Project?

Before joining SYC I had recently moved to Melbourne from Perth where I was working in Community Services for 6 years, most recently delivering leadership development to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at a number of high schools in Perth.

What were you doing before the Sticking Together Project?

Before joining SYC I had recently moved to Melbourne from Perth where I was working in Community Services for 6 years, most recently delivering leadership development to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at a number of high schools in Perth.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I grew up in east Africa, living in Kenya and Uganda for 6 years before moving back to Australia. I’m a massive AFL/NBA/Soccer tragic and have a cheeky bugger of a dachshund called Frank!

What do you like about working on the Sticking Together Project?

During my interview I could see the passion and dedication that SYC had towards creating an innovative and agile program aimed at breaking the long-term cycle of youth unemployment. The research and work that went into developing the pilot before launch was impressive.I like having the flexibility to support the young people in our program. You’re not confined to working in an office and it helps to change things up with the young people.

What have been some of the best achievements throughout your time on the Sticking Together Project?

Being able to see the change in the young people and see them develop and build the foundations of the future.

What are the biggest challenges?

Ingrained habits and values are always hard to change but through trusting the process of the tools and the program you can see real change in the young people.

What have you learnt through working on the Sticking Together Project?

That patience and persistence really pays off, and that self-awareness is one of the most crucial skills needed for success in life no matter what path you take.

What type of person should apply to work on the Sticking Together Project?

Someone who is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people and change them for the better. Also, someone who is adaptable to working in different situations and with people facing a variety of barriers.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope that the Sticking Together Project can expand dramatically to change the lives of many more young people to help get them ready and able to deal with challenges they may face in the future. Being able to tackle employment barriers at the source and over an extended period of time will benefit not only the young people but their families, friends and wider community.

Karim’s hopes are beginning to be realised! We recently announced that the Sticking Together Project will be expanded to support almost 900 young people in New South Wales, over the next four years. This is thanks to a $10m social impact investment with the NSW Department of Industry.

If you – or someone you know – are interested in working in a really challenging, but rewarding environment, we have a few coaching positions still advertised.

Click this link to see our vacancies on seek and apply.
You can view the Sticking Together Project webseries on YouTube here.