Our Service Delivery Plan for young Tasmanians aged 15–21 years.
We believe you have a great future. We focus on what you’re good at and build your talents. We offer you a place to get into great work – it’s called ‘Project 47’. Project 47 is staffed by Development Coaches (‘DCs’) who work with you to land a job, enter training or finish Year 12. We also have an Employment Engagement Team (‘EET’), which tracks down job vacancies that match your skills. Project 47 spaces in Hobart and Glenorchy are open Monday to Friday. Project 47 spaces in New Norfolk, Huonville and Sorell are open two days a week.
You can stay with Project 47 for up to 12 months but our aim is to get you to Project 5 (landing a job or getting into education and training) as quickly as possible.
At Project 47, you’ll be working across five project areas.
In the first project you and P47 team get to know each other and agree how to work together. This involves understanding your goals and addressing any challenges you face. We reach a deal on ‘who does what’ and commit to making Project 47 a place where everyone is treated with respect – a safe place with a friendly vibe where we get things done.
The second project is to work on your Job Plan. This plan sets out what you’ll do each week to achieve your goals, including your activities in Projects 3, 4 and 5. We’ll work out the best way to stay in contact, including coming into Project 47 each week and connecting via phone, SMS, email and social media. As we all know, things change. That’s why you and your DC will sit down and review your Job Plan on a regular basis and make sure it always reflects your aims, interests and personal situation.
The third Project is all about getting inspired and unleashing your talent. We’ll offer you a range of practical activities that’ll increase your chances of landing a job, being accepted into accredited training or finishing Year 12. The aim is to find things that you enjoy doing and make them work for you. If you need help with reading or writing, or dealing with health and housing issues, we’ll also tackle these things as part of Project 3.
The fourth project is about getting some real experience under your belt. Your DCs and EET will help you to find short-term placements in workplaces that you’ve got an interest in. You won’t get paid for these, but they’ll give you the opportunity to check out different kinds of work – and for the employer to see what you’re like. This might be full time work experience in a workplace for up to four weeks; or ‘work tasters’ over a couple of days; or joining an in-house team at Project 47 that works on important issues with community groups.
The last project is what it’s all about – getting a paid job, achieving a Cert III qualification or finishing Year 12. This might be an apprenticeship or traineeship where you do paid work and education at the same time.
Project 47 is part of Colony 47 Inc. – one of Tasmania’s leading community organisations. The name ‘Colony 47’ comes from the organisation starting out as a youth centre in the old church at 47 Davey Street, Hobart back in 1974. At the time, there was some hostility to a place that had youth coming and going all the time, so the young people and the workers referred to themselves as a ‘colony’ – a place where a group comes together in a difficult environment. So, when you put ‘Colony’ and ‘47’ together you get ‘Colony 47’.
These days, Colony 47 is a big organisation serving 15,000 Tasmanians a year in areas like housing, homelessness, health, community development and employment. Project 47 will be another chapter in the organisation’s long history of working with young Tasmanians.
About Colony 47
Transition to Work (TtW) is a new Australian Government service to specifically support young people aged 15–21 on their journey to employment. It commenced in 2016 and will operate until at least 2020.
In Tasmania, there are two providers of the TtW service – one in the Hobart and Southern Tasmania region (Colony 47 Inc.) and the other in North and North-West Tasmania region (Northern Joblink Limited). For more information visit: www.employment.gov.au/youth.