To provide innovative and realistic opportunities for marginalised young people to participate in work placement and undertake School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT).
• The City of Monash Council
• Amaroo Neighbourhood House
• MonashLink Community Health Service
• Berengarra School (Monash Pathways)
Context and Goals
Prior to the development of the Market Value Social Enterprise Partnership, Monash/Berengarra Pathways students struggled to complete the vocational stream of their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program. Many faced barriers to mainstream work placement and training activities. Accessing external placements often resulted in failure, not only preventing students from completing their VCAL but also an increase in lack of confidence to pathway onto further training or employment. Working with key stakeholders, Gateway LLEN brokered a strong partnership that provided Monash Pathway students with the opportunity to learn a range of work related skills in a commercial environment that was non-threatening and supportive.
The Partnership’s Approach
Building on the existing Monash Pathways partnership, Gateway LLEN brokered a new partnership that saw the first stage of the implementation of an innovative Social Enterprise SBAT program. The partnership provided a great opportunity for students to prepare for, and gain, employability skills, confidence and Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in a real life, supportive learning environment.
“I’ve learnt some life skills and also how to work to task… This program has given me the best chance I’ve had”
“A.J.” Monash Pathways Student.
Students accessed the opportunity:
• To undertake both training and “real life” work in a supported environment
• To gain work readiness skills
• Undertake self-paced learning
• Be supported by trained specialists who understand their learning
• To enroll in and undertake a paid SBAT
• To pathway onto the ‘Cafeducation’ program enabling completion of their SBAT
Having grown the ‘Cafeducation’ Partnership from the Market Value Social Enterprise Partnership, 2014 will see the Elliott Street Social Enterprise (ESSE) Partnership develop a fully operative café within the Batesford Hub. This will provide further vocational training and employment opportunities for more than 30 disengaged students and will operate as a self-sustainable Community Social Enterprise, the ESSE.
Support from the Partnership Broker
While the Market Value Social Enterprise Partnership offered real life learning opportunities for students, the opportunities to implement a full Certificate 11 or 111 in Retail Training for 13 students, around the one-day a week Farmers Market were unable to be realised. Gateway LLEN brokered an enhanced the partnership bringing in key stakeholders to form the ‘Cafeducation’ Partnership, which, in conjunction with the Market Value Social Enterprise Partnership, enabled 13 Monash pathways students to complete their Certificate 11 and/or 111 in Retail Training. This program also laid the foundations for the development and implementation of the ‘Cafeducation’ program, which further supported the ESSE program.