Vision Australia — Building Stronger Futures

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Through the Building Stronger Futures initiative young people who are blind or have low vision will receive pre-employment support in a simulated work environment to develop soft skills, communication skills, interview techniques and explore career options. This will be combined with mental health support to help young people gain permanent employment.

Who can take part?

Participants will have access to the program for a minimum period of 11 weeks. Initially, participants will be assessed for potential suitability using the Royal National Institute of Blind People Employment Ability Test.

Following this, participants who are deemed suitable and have signed a contract of commitment, will undergo Pre-Employment Program for five days per week over three weeks covering various employability skills. Participants will then undertake Problem-Solving Treatment for Primary Care one hour a week for at least six weeks.

At the end of their participation, Vision Australia will provide participants with ongoing support and assistance for up to six months. This includes assistance in job search activities by telephone and following up on participants’ current status, including their labour market participation or other activities such as education, training or volunteering etc.

Building Strong Futures is for young people aged 15-24 years who are:

  • blind or have low vision; and
  • not currently enrolled in school.

Location

Regional and metropolitan areas in the ACT, NSW, Queensland and Victoria

Initiative Period

30 June 2017 to 31 March 2019

Contact

Website

Visit the Vision Australia website.