The Northern Futures program will consist of three components:
I. Workforce Readiness and Counseling:
Northern Futures will engage participants in a program called “Getting Ahead” which focuses on helping future participants get ready for the certified training courses and work placements. Getting Ahead is a program for people in poverty that shows them how to use the hidden rules of class to build up financial, emotional, social, and other resources. Understanding the hidden rules of the middle class and wealth, and choosing to use them, can open doors to new relationships, new jobs, and higher resources. The program is designed to be used as an investigation tool by people working in groups with a trained facilitator. The participants explore the impact that poverty has had on them, investigate economic realities, complete a self-assessment of their own resources, make plans to build their own resources, and develop a mental model of community prosperity. This program will teach participants the expected professional skills such as arriving to time management, appropriate work attire and etiquette. In addition, Northern Futures staff will teach participants communications skills and are taught the importance of being able to give and receive constructive feedback while also guided on the art of negotiation. Participants are also supported in understanding the importance of team work and the most appropriate way to successfully work in a team. Northern Futures will ensure that all program participants attend and complete the “Getting Ahead” program to ensure they are workplace ready for their internship.
II. Paid Internships:
Northern Futures will rely on its partnerships with local businesses in the Geelong community to place the 25 young participants in internships with its partners for a period of 6 to 8 weeks. Northern Futures will also provide the participants with the appropriate education and training for their internship.
III. Career Planning and Placement:
Northern Futures will provide ongoing professional support for all of its education and training participants by supporting them for the duration of their accredited training courses and 12 months after graduation. In addition, Northern Futures match program participants with mentors for the duration of their internship as well as for three months post internship. The work with their mentor post internship will include career planning for the young participant. Northern Futures will work with the participant to identify the areas of their internship that reflected their interest and the parts that didn’t spark their ambition. It will be based on this mentoring discussion and career planning that Northern Futures will identify the appropriate accredited training course to assist the young participant to acquire ongoing employment.