Youth Pathways and Placement Project — Settlement Services International


Through the Youth Pathways and Placement Project, young people will gain employability skills and work experience through short-term employment in a range of social enterprises. They will also receive targeted on-the-job training to build their confidence and engagement in the workplace, and get assistance to address personal barriers with a focus on supporting families and communities.

Participants will have access to the program for up 7 months. Each participant will be assessed by a Placement Officer and assisted to develop an Employment Pathway Plan (EPP).

Participants complete a short-term placement at one of SSI’s social enterprises or with another organisation, with progress tracked weekly. During this time, they will also complete employability skills training and group activities on mind-body wellness.

At the end of the placement, participants will be assisted to: update their EPP, examine progress against vocational barriers and non-vocational barriers and connect with potential employers. A Placement Officer will help participants to transition into work and provide ongoing support.

The Youth Pathways and Placement Project is available to young people aged 15-24 years who:

  • identify themselves, or are identified by the organisation as:
    • a refugee or new arrival (including unaccompanied minors)
    • a young parent
    • an early school leaver
    • having a disability
    • having a non-vocational barrier to employment such as homelessness, in out-of-home care, in or exiting juvenile justice.
  • be willing and available to undertake a short-term employment placement for two days per week for up to two months, including training, support and group work.


New South Wales - Inner South West Sydney, Blacktown area, or greater Liverpool-Fairfield

Initiative Period

2 June 2017 to 1 June 2019



Settlement Services International