Power To Work

Program Summary

Power to Work provides reformed Indigenous offenders a culturally safe and supported entry into the Victorian workforce via a 26-week re-integration and employment program.

The program supports people who:

  • have successfully completed an Indigenous pre-release program at one of five Victorian prisons and have demonstrated that they are ready and that this will complement their upcoming parole period;
  • are direct release (no parole period) and have competed a pre-release program;
  • are within 2 years post-release and unable to find work during this period.

The initial 26 weeks consists of 13 weeks of intense training and re-integration support, followed by 13 weeks of gradually reduced support with a mentor and supervisor. After the initial 26 weeks the participant is re-assessed and may remain in the program or, may be placed with another employer in a role which best suits their aspirations and skills.

Program participants complete the 26-week program developing skill-sets they did not have upon release. Participants are then supported with a mentor in their post program workplace for a further 26 weeks. Support throughout the life of the program includes housing, money management and reconnection to family and community.

Project Activities.

Power to Work provides reformed Indigenous offenders a culturally safe and supported entry into the Victorian workforce via a 26-week re-integration and employment program.

Stage 1. Weeks 1-4

Re-integration supported activities:

  • Family and community re-integration
  • Pre-employment assessment and Career Planning using an Aboriginal specific dedicated assessment tool and career planner provided by Indigenous Employment Partners
  • Safe Housing
  • Training (including licences)
  • Budgeting and money management using an Aboriginal specific money management workshop training
  • Pre-employment workshop using and Aboriginal specific pre-employment course

Stage 2. Weeks 5-13

Participants are placed in a worksite with daily supervision, mentoring and ongoing support. Roles may include admin duties, horticulture including regeneration of degraded areas, agriculture, construction or waste management. Work may be part time or full time depending on the needs of the employer and employee.

Stage 3. Weeks 14-26

Participants are assessed for integration into regular workforce roles with reduced support and mentoring. During these 13 weeks of reduced support, participants undertake a re-assessment of personal and career related needs and skills including additional training required. Toward the end of this stage, participants are supported to begin applying for jobs outside the Power to Work program. Indigenous Employment Partners employment consultant will work with the participant during this time to identify jobs and support them into positions with new employers.

Stage 4. Weeks 27- 52

Indigenous Employment Partners provides 26 weeks of post placement support to both the program participant their family and their new employer or program employer.

For more information about this program please contact Nina nina@indigemployment.com.au or 0456 768 772