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Mentoring unemployed young adults to dream bigger and break down the steps to reach their goals: process evaluation of the Mentoring 2 Work Project

Employment services Youth unemployment Mentoring Western Australia

The Mentoring 2 Work (M2W) WA Project is a Commonwealth funded pilot project, under the Department of Social Services (DSS) Try, Test and Learn Fund (TTL). This fund supports new or innovative approaches to assist people at risk of long-term welfare dependence through small-scale trials aimed at improving workforce participation or capacity to work.

The M2W initiative paired unemployed young adults (aged 18 to 25) at risk of long-term unemployment with a volunteer mentor, who supported them through the processes of identifying a career, searching for work, and preparing for employment. The aim was to recruit 240 participants to be segmented into two cohorts: the general group cohort and a smaller cohort (no more than 30% of participants) of those with high support needs (complex needs) as identified by the program staff.

Matching a young adult with a mentor provided them with ongoing and sustained personal support so that they could build skills and confidence, expand networks which potentially link into employment, be guided and encouraged to participate in regular job search activities and achieve employment or study opportunities that could be maintained. The ultimate goal was for young people to have sustained independence from welfare support.

The aim of the evaluation was to assess the effectiveness of the mentoring program for young adults.

The evaluation has measured success rates and outcomes of participants compared to the control group in order to determine the contribution the program has made to the desired outcomes. Two types of evaluations were conducted: a Process Evaluation and an Outcomes Evaluation. This document reports on the findings of the Process Evaluation.


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