Leading Adelaide-based not-for-profit organisation SYC Limited (SYC), has strengthened its national reach as a result of being one of the most successful bidders in the Australian Government’s Transition to Work (TTW) tender.

Announced on a staggered basis over January to March by the Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, the Transition to Work service will provide young people aged 15 to 21 with the support they need to become work ready or find their way back to education.

“We know that while most young people transition successfully between school and further education or employment, there are many that do not and they have a high risk of long-term unemployment,” said Minister Cash.

SYC has won the rights to operate as a TTW provider in four regions, those being Adelaide North, Murray and South East (SA), Inner Metropolitan Melbourne and North Eastern Melbourne.  The service will be delivered through SYC’s youth services division, HYPA (Helping Young People Achieve).  It is expected that the SYC contract(s) overall will involve assisting close to 1000 young people each year to make a successful transition from school to the workforce.

SYC CEO Paul Edginton said that winning the rights to provide services in those regions was testament to SYC’s long term advocacy work in the area of youth employment and transitioning young people into work, something that gained momentum with its youth employment initiative, My First Job, launched in 2013.

“The youth unemployment rate in Australia in the last decade has been a blight on Australia’s economic record and it’s crucial we support our younger generation in the process of entering the workforce,” said Mr Edginton.

The My First Job initiative has involved SYC setting up and facilitating the My First Job Working Group, where representatives from Government and community and corporate organisations worked together to develop the My First Job White Paper “Improved Job Outcomes for Young People: A plan for enhancing employment services for young people leaving education and joining the workforce”, released in October 2014.

The Group developed a series of key recommendations for reducing the youth unemployment rate in Australia, which are fully articulated in the White Paper, including for example the Stage 2 recommendation: “To develop a National Youth Employment Strategy by 2016, applying a collective impact approach including government, industry, service providers and peak bodies to bring together the youth employment initiatives already in play and setting a framework to get more young people working.”

“We are very pleased to see the Government responding to the youth employment issue in a constructive way by developing the TTW service and look forward to helping more young people make a successful transition from school as a result.”