Work experence for the disadvantaged
What's this idea about?
In less than 100 words, what is your idea?:
Work Experience for the disadvantaged. The disadvantaged includes those with poverty, homelessness, long term unemployment, mental health issues, physical disability, ex-offenders and D&A issues. Work experience is a program identical to what is done in secondary schools for the youth. To make it happen needs someone to facilitate it, IT or web space for a matching portal. Candidates linked into some kind of community or health service provision and Employers willing to let someone onto the floor for a period of time.
What’s really new about your idea?:
While work experience is not a new idea it is a successful program only in high schools or small-unknown services for fortunate refugees or some mature age workers. Work experience works yet case managers or employment services do not create work experience opportunities or match them. It would lead to great outcomes if the disadvantaged could embark on this program instead of being forgotten.
Stage of development
What inspired you to come up with your idea in the first place?:
I am a consumer of mental heath services that has been consistently employed for five years since my graduation. I cross paths with many who have mental health issues, the disadvantaged and the carers of family members with mental health issues. I am always being asked if my jobs would offer a place for volunteer time or any small amount of paid work. It is a shame that every time I cannot do anything for people I know who are up to it. This tends to leave others out in the cold with no real opportunity to participate in a workplace.
From 1-5, what stage of development would you say your idea is in? - Explain further:
What can we do for you?
Select which are the one or two most important things that you need to help the development of your idea:
Mentor - to help you through the process of turning your idea into reality
If Social Innovation Camp is able to help push your idea forward, do you have the time or desire to take ownership of it?:
Anything else you want to tell us?:
Although I cannot attend the camp I would be very grateful if the idea was tossed around without me there. This is a gap in the community helping others in the community and should happen more. It is good for young students about to go out into the world but it should also be there for the adults returning to the mainstream world and is very much in demand by potential candidates.
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