Youth Employment Project


Southern Cross Housing is committed to the long-term social and economic development of the communities in which we operate.

Across the Shoalhaven, youth unemployment substantially exceeds the national average of 13.3% with youth unemployment reported at 20.1% at December 2016, whilst total unemployment across the region is 7% against a national average of 5.8%. Similar statistics are reported across the Eurobodalla and Snowy Monaro LGAs we operate in. (ABS Labour Force Survey, December 2016)

As part of our commitment, in partnership with the philanthropic support of the Housing Action Network, Southern Cross Housing committed to expanding its workforce by 10% with the appointment of Traineeships providing full-time training and employment opportunities to recent school leavers from disadvantaged communities.

Traineeships are provided in Social Housing with participants completing full-time employment and formal qualifications (CHC42215 Certificate IV in Social Housing) during the initial 12 to 24 months of employment. Trainees work across a range of business units; Finance, Asset Management or Tenancy Management and develop a range of foundational skills to work effectively within the organisation under the direct supervision of their line manager. Trainees are supported by HVTC as their Apprenticeship Centre. Dr Tony Gilmour of the Housing Action Network is generously donating his time to provide further coaching and support to our new members.

In the 2016/17 year, we were pleased to appoint Sarah, Blake and Elle to the Pathways Program.

“I was lucky enough to be offered the Tenancy Traineeship as part of Southern Cross Housing’s Pathways Program. Being 23 years of age, traineeships aren’t very easy to come by so I am grateful to have been given the opportunity. I take this traineeship as a chance to hopefully set up a strong and rewarding career for myself and to make a difference in the community during this process.
After just a few weeks here I’ve gotten to know the great team here and have thorough training and support to help me grow and get to know the business. I look forward to completing my traineeship and seeing what it leads to in the future.”

Sarah, Tenancy Trainee


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