Breakthrough: Up to 56% outcomes increase
Matt Little, CEO of Job Futures, says, "The model represents a significantly new way of working in Employment Services and is delivering better results for Australia's unemployed."
Job Futures Turning Point Assessment Model was developed in conjunction with leading UK research organisation Esher House and launched in October 2013.
This unique assessment approach is used to differentiate between job seekers that are able to gain and sustain employment and those that require more intensive support in order to secure employment. This has enabled Job Futures to effectively match the type of assistance it provides to individual job seekers regardless of how long they have been unemployed.
The model focuses on administering an applied psychology assessment that accurately identifies what "stage of change" the job seeker is in. Those who are found to be in the ACTING (ACTION) stage of change are what are normally referred to as "work ready". They are willing and able to work and can be directed towards activities best designed to help them gain and maintain employment.
Job seekers that are assessed in the other stages of change can be assigned appropriate interventions that will move them into the ACTING (ACTION) phase.
Turning Point: 26 week outcomes
The graph illustrates that 26 week outcomes for JSA have increased by up to 56% for those who are hardest to place and maintain employment.
Its implementation has increased performance across the board in all streams from 13 week to 26 week outcomes and improved the utilisation of our resources through a better focus of time.
Our Turning Point Assessment Model seeks to determine the most suitable time to deliver specific activities to job seekers to help move them towards employment. The model is based on an applied psychological assessment to accurately identify the 'state of change' in which a job seeker is in.
Designed in partnership with Esher House, the model is delivering promising results with placements for job seekers. (JF/Esher House internal data).
The graph above shows the conversion rate % of only those with an outcome and not the general conversion rate.
Job Futures and member organisation ACSO have been recognised at the 2014 NESA Awards for Excellence.
ACSO's Giulia Teti was awarded Employment Consultant of the Year with Maria Pace a finalist for the Bright Star Award.
Job Futures Paul Synnott was a finalist for the Employment Discovery Grant.
Giulia Teti was named 2014's Employment Consultant of the Year, a significant achievement considering there are over 2,000 employment consultants working across the industry.
With a Bachelor of Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and a Masters in Educational Psychology, Giulia could work in almost any field or corporation she wanted. She has chosen to work for Job Futures member ACSO as a Clinical Support Employment Consultant in inner Melbourne, providing assistance to job seekers.
Having watched the struggles her migrant Italian parents faced with limited education and overseas qualifications that were not recognised, Giulia wanted to help find jobs for new Australians and others who faced significant barriers, so she began to channel her empathy and knowledge towards helping disadvantaged members of society.
The award judges said Giulia demonstrated tenacity in exploring a variety of avenues in education, training and life skills every time she assists a job seeker. The judges said "Giulia understands the important role nurturing internal resilience and wellbeing play in creating a more harmonious and productive life, and she shows job seekers how to achieve these things".
BladeRunners - An Australian First
This video features participants of the British Columbia (Canada) program BladeRunners.
Job Futures first learned about the BladeRunners program when researching successful demand led models that we could implement and replicate across the Job Futures network of community based organisations. What set the program apart was that it was more than just a typical training and employment placement program - by adopting a unique multi sector partnership approach, BladeRunners ensured genuine employer engagement and long term success for at risk youth and Indigenous job seekers.
Recognising the dramatic impact this innovative approach has had on supporting youth employment in British Columbia, Job Futures invited Tom Galway, Director of the BladeRunners program at Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS), to speak at our 2014 National Conference about the program and the potential for a replication. This proved to be just the start of the collaborative partnership between Job Futures and ACCESS, culminating in Job Futures being the first out-of-province organisation to receive approval from the British Columbia Provincial Government to roll out the highly successful BladeRunners model and trademark.
We are delighted to announce that the first Australian based BladeRunners pilot project, targeting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women, is due to commence in 2015.