The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle
The Placement Circle

The Placement Circle

WomenCAN Australasia

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Financially disadvantaged people
Age Demographic
Adults - aged 25 to under 65
Project Focus
Education
Project Area
Australia
VIC
Metro

Project Description

The project will help women gain training in the trades sector where there is a huge skills shortage, high job demand and under representation of women. Through The Placement Circle (TPC) , we will recruit 15 women and support them through a Certificate II (pre- apprenticeship) at VUP.

We will enrol 5 women in 3 different streams of trades being electrical, plumbing and carpentry. They will undertake a 10 -week overview (a Certificate II) of their respective trade in preparation for commencing an apprenticeship.

The project would provide them with peer support during their training and then on completion connect them to Tier 1,2,3 building companies to gain interviews for an apprenticeship. The presence of a peer supported framework is unique and is a significant enabler to giving women the confidence to transition from unpaid to paid employment via vocational training.

We have the support of the Union Movement, large employers, Women in Rotary and partnerships in place with Chisholm Institute, VUP, Swinburne University and PAVE, Haven Home Safe, Bendigo Kangan Institute, Baptcare, and the YWCA.

We need to engage a project manager to oversee the project including vehicle, phone and office accommodation costs, rollout of a marketing & communications plan, assistance with TAFE enrolments, provide monthly peer support events, liaison with building companies and potential employers to take on apprentices, and the provision of web/IT support.

Expected Outcomes

Our model is being evaluated by Victoria University. The specific question we are testing: whether the unique sequence of our offering (being to link peer supported women in a place based program of vocational education at their local TAFE and then into meaningful employment with an employer who we have identified as a safe employer i.e. OHS compliant, Cultural and remuneration appropriate) makes a difference to the work readiness of women who have otherwise disconnected from the workforce.

Using an evaluation methodology developed by VU and a longitudinal study being undertaken by a PhD candidate at VU, our intended outcome is a white paper detailing the impact of the pilot as a means of changing the way we educate women and girls who have experienced disadvantage.

VU will oversee the outcome measures as part of their evaluation but items of interest will include:
- graduation status,
- length of employment on graduation,
- satisfaction survey of participating women, employer and TAFE,
- time taken to find meaningful employment
- post pilot income compared to pre-pilot income (savings/NewStart/supporting partner)
- attraction of other women from the same place-based community wishing to participate in The Placement Circle
- retention of post graduate women within the membership base who agree to actively support the next women across.

Project Data & Lessons

The proposed evaluation methodology is a mixed methods approach to collecting and analysing data comprising focus groups and program document and data review. The evaluation will investigate these overarching evaluation questions:

  • To what extent is the TPC Model being implemented as intended?
  • How is the TPC Model impacting on participants?
  • What are the barriers and enablers to the effective implementation of the TPC Model?
  • How could the TPC model be improved in the future?

 

The evaluation team will collect and analyse existing national VET system data and relevant WomenCan or provider pilot data relevant to demonstrating pilot outcomes. Each pilot cohort will consist of 15- 25 members who will participate in the focus groups.

Two sets of two focus groups will be conducted for each pilot (at the beginning and end of each TAFE course). The conduct of multiple, smaller focus groups produces more valid data than single large focus groups. Focus group size will be limited to ensure that each participant is able to participate effectively.

A reporting format will be developed to (i) demonstrate outputs and (ii) inform program design and improvement.

A final evaluation report in a white paper format will be produced , and based on the findings of the pilots, Placement Circles could be replicated across Australia and the evidence- based results used to inform State and Federal Government training and employment policies for women.

The project will help women gain training in the trades sector where there is a huge skills shortage, high job demand and under representation of women. Through The Placement Circle (TPC) , we will recruit 15 women and support them through a Certificate II (pre- apprenticeship) at VUP.

We will enrol 5 women in 3 different streams of trades being electrical, plumbing and carpentry. They will undertake a 10 -week overview (a Certificate II) of their respective trade in preparation for commencing an apprenticeship.

The project would provide them with peer support during their training and then on completion connect them to Tier 1,2,3 building companies to gain interviews for an apprenticeship. The presence of a peer supported framework is unique and is a significant enabler to giving women the confidence to transition from unpaid to paid employment via vocational training.

We have the support of the Union Movement, large employers, Women in Rotary and partnerships in place with Chisholm Institute, VUP, Swinburne University and PAVE, Haven Home Safe, Bendigo Kangan Institute, Baptcare, and the YWCA.

We need to engage a project manager to oversee the project including vehicle, phone and office accommodation costs, rollout of a marketing & communications plan, assistance with TAFE enrolments, provide monthly peer support events, liaison with building companies and potential employers to take on apprentices, and the provision of web/IT support.

Project Dates

Project Commences: July 12, 2021
Project Completes: October 1, 2021

Funding Details

$50,000
Funding Needed
$40,000
Current Funding
$90,000
Total Project Costs
0
Approved Deductible Gift Recipient
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Own capital, Jack Brockhoff Foundation, RCM, Helen McPherson Smith Trust, Arcare Foundation,
Other Support Opportunities
Impact investment, In-kind contributions, Low-interest or no-interest loans, Pro bono services, Subsidies

Organisation Details

WomenCAN Australasia
ABN: 63 636 406 972

Contact

Mikaela Stafrace
Phone: 0419034987

About WomenCAN Australasia

WomenCAN Australia is a charity is dedicated to assisting women become work ready. Our program, The Placement Circle (TPC) supports women to build their confidence, connections and work capability. When women re-skill and re-connect with the work force, they can start to build their financial independence. We recognise that women who become disconnected from the workforce are at real risk of poverty, homelessness, and despair, as are their dependents. By working together with a peer supported community of women with a shared lived experience, the possibility of re-educating, finding sustainable employment and rebuilding confidence becomes much more likely. Our unique key features are: 1.Tripartite arrangement between peer supported communities of women, local TAFE and place based employers.2.Matching training to sectors with high labour demand 3.Membership-based support network TPC connects women to TAFE training in high demand industries such as Aged Care, Trades, Cybersecurity, Commercial Cookery and Transport. WomenCAN Facilities Services is our social enterprise. Our qualified tradeswomen provide trades, gardening and cleaning services to women in their homes, with our primary focus being on crisis accommodation. The social enterprise has significant social impact due to the connection with TPC. Those women who are training in trades or English have career opportunities with us on graduation.