Our History of Helping Australians into Work
18 Jul 2018
At SYC we believe sustained work is a major contributor to long-term independence and prosperity, for individuals, their families and the broader community.
Having more Australians in work allows individuals to be self-determined in the decisions they make about their life, their future and be active contributors to the community.
In SYC’s early years, there was clear evidence through the multiple youth engagement programs being delivered, that a formalised employment program was needed to support young people to find and sustain employment. Further to this, our experience showed us that employment was a key factor in supporting a young person on their path to long-term independence and prosperity and it was an area that SYC was passionate about expanding upon and incorporating as a core aspect of the organisation going forward.
Economic downturn and significant shifts in public policy relating to the labour market during the 1980’s and 1990’s, resulted in changes to the Commonwealth Government’s Commonwealth Employment Service (CES). As a result they sought the private sector to provide employability skill support in parallel to their service, which SYC delivered. By 1998, the CES was fully privatised, providing further opportunities for SYC to support more clients of all ages into work. This has been a fundamental aspect of our operations since.
From working with a few thousand clients annually during the 1990’s, by 2007 SYC worked with 10,000 clients over the financial year, which jumped again to 32,000 in 2011. In our 60th year of operations we will work with over 62,000 Australians in 60 locations around Australia, representing over 50 per cent growth in just over 10 years.
SYC has actively sought to support clients with greater barriers to secure and maintain employment, including young people, those with disability and people who are long-term unemployed. In 2018 we know that for every $1 of government funding invested in SYC Working services, SYC provides a return to the community of $8.69.
Please find a timeline below of the evolution of employment services delivered by SYC throughout our history.
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Over the years the organisation has researched, developed and integrated multiple different employment models to meet the needs of the community and economic times. Work will continue to be an important focus of what we do, as a crucial means to support people to achieve their independence.