Lead the Way Youth 2017

Lead the Way Employment Program

Western Sydney MRC established a project, Lead the Way, that addresses pervasive unemployment and low social participation for newly arrived migrants and refugees in the South West Sydney region. The project takes a traditional model of service delivery and aims to incorporate innovative use of local business volunteers to engage and support participants in their settlement journey. The project seeks to re-create a successful job club at Western Sydney MRC, with the addition of the provision of job seeking support mentors, from local leading businesses and industry.

Lead the Way Youth Employment Program

The Lead the Way Youth Employment Program 2017 is proudly funded by the LMA and DSS and brought to you as part of the The YEL-OW initiative, a partnership between Western Sydney MRC and the LMA whom both deliver a wide scope of youth and employment programs and services around various parts of Sydney and outskirts. Each company offers youth employment expertise exchange, capitalising on each other’s strengths. The partnership program is to deliver intense targeted industry readiness training and preparation to refugee youth in the Liverpool and Fairfield local government areas.

Both organisations offer various youth programs and share the same program mission.Collaboration provides additional streams of support that are currently not covered.
Western Sydney MRC are able to demonstrate extensive experience in providing services to the Refugee youth market and are an active member of major youth networks around

Four key principle leads are proposed to drive the deliverables of the proposed program to meet the objectives to:

  • Deliver intense targeted industry readiness training and preparation opportunity placements for refugee in the Liverpool and Fairfield local government areas;
  • Increase clientele’s self-capacity by developing occupational wellness skills that support their future career pathway and aspirations; and
  • Provide industry orientation to assist the clientele in making informed decisions about their future career.

Three key initiatives have been proposed under the Western Sydney MRC program Lead the Way and in reference to fill any unmet needs and future vision of the LMA.

LTW Youth – Retail and Hospitality

This program is aimed to prepare participants for part-time work targeted towards the retail and hospitality industry.


  • To learn about the Australian workplace including expectations from employers and work rights for young employees;
  • To develop customer service skills;
  • To develop knowledge of the Retail and Hospitality industry;
  • To develop young job seeker knowledge to gain work experience and placement;
  • To develop life skills that are required to navigate the job seeking, placement and active working in Australia whilst juggling schooling; and
  • To gain Australian work experience


LTW Youth – Logistics and Supply Chains

This program is aimed to prepare participants for various work arrangements targeted towards the industries who facilitate supply chain logistics.

The focus of the program is to in-still an introduction to the supply chain management and all activities and roles required to support the industry. In addition, the practical components apply self-driven application with the expectations of participants seeking work experience and coaching them through all aspects of the process. The outcome is that the participants will develop work-ready skills and knowledge to equip them to seek future employment in the logistics industry.


LTW Youth – Health and Wellbeing

This program is aimed to prepare participants for future work in the health services sector. The content of the program is focused on the Healthcare industry and all aspects of sub-set specialization such as age care nursing and disability support. A key focal point is towards disability support service as an enabler on the basis that persons skilled in disability support can find immediate work experience whereas age care health and other sub-sectors, would require higher qualifications to begin work placement. This program would provide valuable preparation and insight for participants wanting to pursue further studies in aged care. Therefore, the strategy is to gain experience within the health industry by entry of disability support.


To find out more about up and coming Lead the Way programs and to register your interest fill in the contact form below, alternatively contact Sarah or Darren on 02 8778 1200.