20Squared Project Partners
Jesuit Community College (TOID: 21800) is a Registered Training Organisation and a Learn Local organization – it is the main training partner for the project in the delivery of 22236VIC Certificate 1 in General Education for Adults, including arrangements for the 20Squared job coaches to be seconded to the Jesuit Community College for the training delivery component of the project.
Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) Australia is a part of a global community of technologists and changemakers who are ‘hacking for good’. Twice a year, they run hackathons that bring together volunteer developers and tech-savvy do-gooders to work with charities, community groups and social enterprises. The RHoKs are working with Workforce Plus to developed the virtual reality work experience game.
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is a unique institution at the heart of Melbourne’s iconic meeting place at Federation Square – it celebrates, explores and promotes the moving image in all its forms – film, television and digital culture.The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will deliver training to the combined Colac and Broadmeadows group in the first 4-weeks of the project. At this stage it is proposed that the young people will gain knowledge related to film production, including screen-based storytelling, basic scriptwriting, story boarding and interviewing. This will also involve the related skills of team work and collaboration, production planning, critical and creative thinking as well as an introduction to directing, shooting and performing in a short film in a tight timeframe.
Health Care and Social Assistance (HC&SA)
A critical component of the 20Squared project is the vocational placement of the project participants with local disability employer organisations in a range of service settings, including individualised support, service coordination, case management, social & community connectedness, housing and employment support services & programs.
It is proposed to work with a minimum of 5 local disability employer organizations in each of the project locations – Colac and Broadmeadows, to provide vocational placements for each of the 20Squared project participants. This placement is two-fold, one to provide real work experience, insights & skills required to work in this sector, as well as an opportunity for each young person to capture their experience during their vocational placement in a multimedia format to be included in the game.
Health Care and Social Assistance (HC&SA) is the fastest growing industry sector in Australia, with growth predicted at 25% over the next five years. Traditionally it has not engaged young people in large numbers in its workforce, nor has it been considered as an industry that drives digital innovation. The increase in demand for Home and Community Care and Personal Support Workers along with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has service providers beginning to report labour shortages. In parallel with growth in demand for labour the industry is reaching out to the automation marketplace to resolve costly intensive interventions that will enable clients to maintain independent living.
In order to build the first iteration of the Virtual Reality Work Experience Game, Workforce Plus is proposing to work with the HC&SA industry and Early School Leavers to explore the role of virtual Work Experience in inculcating young people with an understanding of working with older people and people with disability and opening up their minds to the entry level opportunities in HC&SA roles.
The choice of industry positions the fastest growing sector, HC&SA, as one that can offer potential jobs for young people if they understand what is required of them and what they can bring to the workplace prior to undertaking their first work placement.