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Apprentice Chef Tastes Success

Working as a kitchen-hand at a Queensland mine site has led to big things for Caitlin, who is cooking up a career as a chef.

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How our employment consultants are changing lives

Did you know that around 500,000 Australians are injured on the job each year? Some of these injuries can be extremely serious, resulting in significant time-off work, and other health complications. The longer someone spends out of work, the harder it can be to return. One man who had first-hand experience ..

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CoAct Awards wrap up - what a year!

This year a number of our members have been recognised for their contribution to the sector. We congratulate all the winners, runners up and nominees who have taken part in awards programs in 2016…

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Youth Projects Wins Long-Term Unemployment Award

CoAct is delighted to announce that Melbourne-based member, Youth Projects, has been named the winner of the 2016 Youth Employment Award at the Long-Term Unemployment Conference. The Awards aim to recognise individuals and organisations for their continuous work and commitment to long-term unemployment ..

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Get your Green Army project off the ground with CoAct

In the last 12 months, CoAct and its Sub Contractors delivered close to 100 projects across Australia that not only restored and improved our environment, but also provided young people with valuable work experience. We asked National Green Army Manager, Miro Lojanica to tell us a bit more about CoAct’s ..

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Recognising the Importance of Community Connection

Australia is struggling with high rates of youth unemployment, particularly in regional areas. Early school leavers are finding jobs increasingly hard to come by, as they are overlooked by employers wanting candidates with more experience. While there is an obvious financial impact on early school ..

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From Jobseeker to Receptionist

One of the first things people notice when they visit the Ipswich office of CoAct member Open Minds is the smiling face of receptionist, Chloe Gray. Chloe is professional and friendly, and many people comment on how enthusiastic she is. That enthusiasm comes from a special place – because Chloe ..

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Q&A with Green Army Project Host

The Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation is one of CoAct’s busiest Green Army project hosts, currently running five projects in the north of WA. We asked Operations Manager, Matt Wagner, a few questions about the impact Green Army is having on the environment and local community…

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Jobseeker BBQ Leads to Exciting Employer Partnership

Youth unemployment is a significant issue across Australia, particularly in Queensland’s Wide Bay region, which is home to CoAct member Impact Community Services. To help combat the rise in youth unemployment, and to encourage greater community engagement, the team at Impact recently began hosting ..

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‘Stress Less’ a Great Success

Over 350 members of the Cairns community have been treated to an insight into the life of comedian Mary Coustas, thanks to CoAct Member, Worklink. Mary was the guest speaker at Worklink’s annual Stress Less Luncheon, held at the Cairns Convention Centre. The event, which is a highlight on the ..

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Brimming with Confidence – Young School Leaver Embracing New Jobs

Having left school before the end of Year 12, Kevin was finding it difficult to land a job. With increasing pressure from his family, and the threat of homelessness looming, Kevin took the proactive step of approaching Youth Projects for help. Youth Projects is a CoAct member based in Melbourne’s ..

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Navigating Pathways Past High School

Two of Impact’s youth experts were recently invited to participate in a program designed to help young women navigate a pathway beyond high school.

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Young Dad on Track for Dream Job

Danny* is 19 years old, with a partner and young child to support. But since leaving school in Year 9, Danny has never had a job. He has also never held a driver’s licence and sadly has had little support from his family. When the team from The Personnel Group (TPG) met Danny, he was worried ..

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Youth Projects Giving Confidence to Young School Leavers

For many early school leavers, one of the unexpected consequences of the decision to exit the education system is a loss in confidence. This was certainly the case for 17 year old Jameela, who left school at the end of Year 10 but then struggled to find full time work. Unsure what to do next, and keen ..

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MTC and Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Retail Institute has signed MOU

MTC Australia and Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Retail Institute have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide jobseekers with a “pathway to retail employment” by combining Certificate II in Retail training, work experience and the Skills for Education and Employment program (SEE) program

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Good News Story – New Lease on Life for Long-Term Unemployed

For the long-term unemployed, like John*, acquiring a job not only brings money, it also brings confidence and security.

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Local Emerald business sets Darcy on a new career pathway

When Emerald Longwall Chains Workshop Coordinator, Peter Gibbs offered Darcy Hock the opportunity to work as a trades assistant he had no idea how much it would make a difference in Darcy’s life.

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Pride and Passion Yield Results for Penelope

A passion for her community and pride in her ability to help anyone achieve their employment goals has seen Penelope Weatherall from Open Minds (a member of the CoAct network), take out the prestigious NESA National Employment Consultant of the Year Award.

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Good News Story: Worklink - Rebuilding Confidence and Lives

Sharon* was a successful career woman, with a long work history and a strong set of skills. But when she became unemployed, and issues arose within her family life, she lost more than just a regular income.

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Good News Story: From Cleaning Tables to Laying Cables

For many young people, working in the local fast food franchise is a rite of passage onto bigger and better employment dreams. This was definitely the case for Brandon*, who had a job at a burger restaurant but wasn’t getting the hours, or the job satisfaction, he desired. Unfortunately, it’s not ..

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