The How Work Works Project

A dynamic youth-led research initiative

Unveiling Insights: Exploring Workforce Dynamics

The How Work Works Project has successfully concluded its mission to delve into employment, workforce development and industry growth across the Alpine, Indigo, Towong, and Wodonga regions.

Under the guidance of the former Director of the Foundation for Young Australians, Jeanette Pope, this pioneering project enlisted the dedication of five young interns. These passionate individuals were equipped with essential research and interview skills, which they used to engage with key local employers and young community members.

Research Findings and Future Impact

The outcomes of this insightful youth-led research have been meticulously documented in a comprehensive report. In a significant milestone, the interns were also scheduled to present their findings at a government round table in October.

Building upon the achievements of the Central Victoria pilot program, the North East Local Learning and Employment Network’s How Work Works project was made possible through the collaboration of North Central LLEN, Central Ranges LLEN, and Campaspe Cohuna LLEN, culminating in the Loddon-Campaspe How Work Works Report.

The How Work Works Project Launch was a momentous occasion, marked by the official unveiling of the How Work Works Report on October 20, 2021, hosted via Zoom by Jeanette Pope and the dedicated interns.

For those interested, you can explore the reports are available below.

Research Findings:

1. Entry-Level Jobs Exist: The report highlights that there are entry-level jobs available in a wide range of industries in the region, including health, social services, tourism, transport, agriculture, local government, and business support.

2. Match of Interests: It is noted that young people’s interests align with the job opportunities available in the region, suggesting potential career matches.

3. Importance of Work Experience: The research emphasizes the importance of work experience in securing a first job and building job-seeking and career management skills.

4. Alternative Work Experience: While some industries may not be offering traditional work experience opportunities, the report suggests that employers are open to various forms of experience, including volunteering, community involvement, sports participation, and event organization.

5. Career Evolution: The report highlights that individuals often don’t end up in the careers they initially envisioned but discover their interests through experience.

Future Impact Recommendations:

1. Rural Careers Education: The report recommends funding a rural careers education model to enable young people to interact with employers early in their school years, helping them explore regional industries.

2. Work-Readiness Skills: To prepare young people for the workforce, the report suggests ensuring that they leave school with essential work-ready skills, including understanding work finance, job search skills, and safety training.

3. Alternative Work Experience: To address the challenge of limited work experience opportunities, the report recommends developing alternative forms of work experience, such as community youth internships and in-school businesses.

4. Regional Jobs Portal: The report proposes creating a regional jobs information portal to provide young people, parents, and schools with access to up-to-date information about the local labor market and career exploration.

In summary, the report identifies opportunities for young people in the region, underscores the importance of work experience, and offers recommendations to enhance career education and work-readiness among youth in the community.