The Future Stars Indigenous Pre-Employment Program is a life skills and work-ready program delivered in collaboration with Karen Sheldon Training, which focuses on assisting participants to develop the capacity to transition from welfare dependence towards sustainable long term employment and a future career.
Participants are engaged at their own level, encouraged to develop self-awareness and self-esteem using creative and engaging motivational concepts that are personally tailored. They will work around concepts that are often taken for granted, such as goal setting, dealing with family responsibilities and the power of the mind.
REALISATION AND PERSONAL SKILLS
As the Program progresses, participants engage in a series of activities designed to be interesting, relevant and fun whilst also giving them a real insight into where they hope to be in the future and working out how they are going to get there. They will explore money management, health & nutrition, and housekeeping modules.
ACTUALISATION AND WORK ESSENTIALS
Participants develop employability skills; such as conflict resolution, interviewing skills and customer service; and are encouraged to break down vocational barriers to work. Industry representatives are invited to speak as well as excursions to different employers so participants can see a variety of opportunities on offer.
Graduation day is extremely important to participants as it marks a significant achievement. Participants are encouraged to share their efforts by inviting family and friends, and are given the opportunity to network with potential employers.
We provide ongoing mentoring and counselling to ensure participants overcome barriers that are preventing them from reaching their employment goals. Mentors always look for prospective problems before they arise and can arrange engagement with specialist providers if required.
The Future Stars Indigenous Pre-Employment Program was developed in the Northern Territory and evolved over a decade in response to the wide gaps between many participants needs and employer expectations.
Using best practice, the Program continues to advance through learnings from the Future Stars participants themselves, their families and communities, and from the many employers and stakeholder networks across remote and regional centres in the Territory.