Southern Highlands residents struggling to land their first job will soon be rolling in cash as a new program seeks to empower young people.
A new employment program designed to help young people develop the confidence and skills needed to enter and stay in the workforce has launched in the region.
The Sticking Together Project was co-designed by SYC Limited specifically to help those who are struggling to find and keep employment.
According to SYC CEO, Paul Edginton, the program has been a success.
"We help young people and employers 'stick together' by providing 60 weeks of personalised, one-to-one coaching for each young person, while also working with employers to understand how to best engage with these young people, as they both tackle a time of change," Mr Edginton said.
SYC's data showed that three months after people finished the program, 84 per cent were still working and 75 per cent were no longer receiving welfare payments.
One such participant, Skye, had never had a 'proper' job before and has already received meaningful employment.
"I was really excited and nervous for my interview, but I received so much guidance and support from my coach that I got the job," Skye said.
"Getting my first name badge and uniform made me feel like I was finally getting somewhere in my life."
Almost 900 young people aged 18 to 24 living throughout NSW will benefit from the project.
SYC Head of the Sticking Together Project, Kellie Checkley, said that she's excited to be able to introduce the program to young people in the Southern Highlands.
"The young people we have worked with have the highest barriers to gaining and sustaining work and often an entrenched attitude that 'it's all too hard'. In the past it was easier for them to walk away than face the occasional and inevitable hurdles," Ms Checkley said.
Visit www.syc.net.au for more information.