Getting Ready for Take Off officially launches

A local South Australian initiative to improve the employment opportunities of youth and young adults affected by parental imprisonment was officially launched today after it was successful in obtaining federal funding.

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston (centre) officially launches Getting Ready for Take Off alongside project staff and participants.

Getting Ready for Take Off has been designed to improve participants’ employability by addressing relevant and common barriers.

Helen Glanville, Second Chances SA CEO, said that the children of prisoners can be vulnerable to generational welfare dependency.

“We want to break this family cycle and provide these kids with a chance to learn the importance of work ethic and the value of seeking their own vocational pathway,” Ms Glanville said.

The project consists of a hub each in Morphett Vale and Elizabeth where a Life Coach will work one-on-one with participants to develop an individualised employment or training plan based on their personal barriers and strengths.

Getting Ready for Take Off Team (L to R): Will Metzer (Life Coach-South Hub), Helen Glanville (Second Chances SA CEO), Kim Pienaar (Project Manager).

Each young person will also participate in group workshops to help develop their self-esteem, problem solving and decision-making skills.

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the innovative project would help tackle disadvantage.

“The Morrison Government is committed to breaking down the barriers Australians face getting back into the workforce to help people gain financial independence and create a better future for themselves and their families,” Minister Ruston said.

“We are funding a range of initiatives to get Australians back on track with their education or work goals.”

Getting Ready for Take Off is funded by the Morrison Government’s Try, Test and Learn Fund.