Employment & Education
Canefields Clubhouse puts great importance on the value of employment and education opportunities for individuals struggling with their mental health. Ongoing opportunities are sought from local businesses, community partners and training and educational institutions. Many initiatives and activities are offered to our members as part of their membership, including certificated training opportunities, Job Club, computer literacy, partnerships with employment agencies and direct employment with Transitional Employment (TE) or our Social Enterprise positions negotiated with local businesses.
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Transitional Employment (TE) is a highly structured program for Canefields Clubhouse members returning to work in a local business or industry and is an important part of the Clubhouse model.
Transitional Employment is designed as a vocational rehabilitation program where a member can gain or regain the skills and confidence necessary to have a job while employed in a “real world” position. TE positions are limited to 6-9 months and the only requirement for the member to participate in Transitional Employment is the expressed desire to work and participation in the Work Ordered Day.
Transitional Employment is unique and effective as it offers security to both the member participating in a TE program and the employer partner employing the member. Through the TE program, employers have the guarantee of no absenteeism that they then have to fill as Canefields Clubhouse will always fill the shift with a qualified staff member if the employee cannot make it. This security is vital for the rehabilita-tion and re-entry of our members to the workforce. Managing mental health while in a new position can be extremely stressful to people experiencing mental illness. Often these individuals regress in their reha-bilitation and are then at greater risk of losing a job. TE positions allow members to prioritize their mental wellbeing without the risk of losing their job.
The overall objective of a TE position is to transition to independent employment, as members have had the opportunity to develop the skills needed to maintain employment and their wellbeing during the TE.
A Supported Employment (SE) position is an employment opportunity that, unlike TE, is not time-limited. The position belongs to the member. In SE, Canefields Clubhouse can develop and maintain a relationship with the employer and may help with job site development, training and problem solving. SE jobs may be full or part-time and absences are not covered by a staff member of Canefields Clubhouse.
In addition to TE and SE positions, Canefields Clubhouse can also provide support with Independent Employment (IE). An IE position is a job that the member has acquired and maintain on their own through the job market. However, being a member of Canefields Clubhouse means that individuals with IE can still access and utilise all of the available supports of the clubhouse that may assist them in their position.
Education & Training Opportunities
Among the many employment opportunities available to our members, Canefields Clubhouse also puts a focus on the importance on education and skill development.
Over the years we have been able to gain strong partnerships with many education and training institutions. Collaborating with local universities, Tafe and training providers, we are able to offer certificate training opportunities to our members. Our training and education can provide qualifications in a variety of fields, such as community services, business, mental health and physical first aid among many others. Much of our training is the result of the persistence of our staff, volunteers and members applying for funds, therefore the training offered can be at little or no cost to the participants. Currently, Canefields Clubhouse has acquired a partnership with Mylestones Employment to help our members find work. The team from Mylestones is at Clubhouse every Thursday to meet with our members.
Job Club is a program offered to out members that provides support and teaches the necessary skills needed to gain pasi employment through group-based, peer supported work.
- The program will teach members:
- How to search for employment
- Be job ready
- Interview skills
- Write an effective resume
- Complete Job Applications
- Maintain Employment and,
- Manage their mental health in the workplace
Job Club is a 6 week program, delivered as 2 hour sessions each week. During the sessions individuals have the opportunity to address their education and employment goals with peers and staff through group discussion and documentation. Each participants in Job Club develops a personal plan for the program that includes specific, measurable, realistic, time managed (SMART) goals.
During the program participants will complete an assessment of heir Workplace and Education needs, a goal setting plan and weekly workbooks that include content specific activities, tips and goal achieving opportunities.