Youth Transition Support services


 

Youth Transition Support services

Youth Transition Support (YTS) services have been funded $42.8 million over 4 years to help young humanitarian entrants and vulnerable migrants aged 15 to 25 to participate in work and education.

YTS  services improve workplace readiness, provide access to vocational  opportunities, and create strong social connections through education and  sports engagement.

Service  providers deliver a range of projects and activities for participants,  including connections with local employment services and jobs, and vocational  or other further education opportunities.

Service locations and providers

YTS services are delivered by six providers in 16 Local Government Areas in the following select locations:

  • Access Community Services and MDA Ltd - Brisbane and Logan, Queensland.
  • The Community Migrant Resource Centre (Parramatta) and the Lebanese Muslim Association - Sydney, New South Wales; and
  • Foundation House and the Brotherhood of St Laurence - Melbourne, Victoria.

The areas selected for YTS services have high numbers of humanitarian entrants and vulnerable migrants and each provider is partnering with other settlement services, employers, schools, TAFEs, universities and other community and sporting organisations in their local area. MYAN Australia plays a national support role with the YTS, including overseeing the independent evaluation and coordinating the YTS Community of Practice (COP).

 


Youth Transition Support Pilot Period Evaluation Report

The Youth Transition Support (YTS) Pilot Period (January 2016 to June 2017) Evaluation Report (the Report) has been publicly released. The report examines the 18-month YTS pilot period from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2017.

The Report demonstrates that the pilot is showing some early success and that YTS services are filling an important gap in the range of settlement services required by humanitarian entrants and other young migrants.

It highlights increased client confidence, self-esteem and motivation, increased work readiness and access to work experience opportunities.  The Report found that the YTS pilot is also showing some early success in generating medium-term outcomes, such as increased employability for young people and clients completing vocational qualifications. 

Key findings from the Report show that:

  • the pilot assisted 5,492 clients, with a total of 15,496 sessions delivered across all providers;
  • the majority of young people entered the YTS to achieve employment, education and training outcomes and to improve their community participation and networks; and
  • younger clients are more likely to seek assistance in community participation and networks, while older clients are more likely to seek assistance in employment, education and training.
     

The Australian Government has accepted or accepted-in-principle all the suggested improvements in the Report.

YTS services were recently further extended based on these initial positive findings. The Department of Social Services (DSS) will continue to monitor outcomes during the post-pilot period, from 1 July 2017.