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Real Futures to provide youth employment services in Geraldton

The Real Futures Geraldton Team

In the image above,  The Real Futures Geraldton Team: Skye Kelly, Jo-Anne Yates & Vanessa Kelly 

Employment Services company Real Futures is proud to announce it is expanding its services to help young locals secure employment and training as part of the Australian Government’s Transition to Work program. 

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has awarded Real Futures a contract to deliver the Australian Government’s Transition to Work program (TtW) in Geraldton from 1 July 2022 as part of its $1.2 billion investment to tackle youth unemployment.

Acting CEO of Real Futures and Darug woman, Christianna Cartwright, welcomes the opportunity to deliver a youth-specific service in the area. The new Transition to Work program (TtW) will complement Real Futures’ presence in Geraldton through its Vocational Education and Training Centre (VTEC) and Disability Employment Service (DES).

“We love working with the Geraldton community and look forward to empowering our young people through training and job opportunities with Transition to Work (TtW)” Christianna Cartwright, Acting CEO of Real Futures.

The Real Futures team have been working in Geraldton for over four years, placing over 400 Indigenous Aspirants into work.

Vanessa Kelly, Armungu Southern Yamatji woman and WA Regional Manager has been with Real Futures in Geraldton from day one.

“ The team in the Geraldton office are local members of the Indigenous community and have grown-up with many of their clients. Honesty, trust and understanding comes naturally along with an intimate knowledge with how our community works.”

Ms Cartwright agrees, saying “A young person in Geraldton who enters our Transition to Work program can have confidence that Real Futures will listen to them, respond to their personal circumstances and provide support to help them find and maintain a job,”  

To work collaboratively with Mob in the design and delivery of services, Real Futures aims to establish a new Youth Advisory Forum comprising young people, Traditional Owners, employers, Indigenous and community youth organisations. “This means young people get to sit down with employers and other service providers and have their voices heard,” Ms Cartwright said. 

Real Futures will also be activating its significant local and national training, 650+ employers (Some of the employers are: Programmed Skilled Workforce, Rio Tinto, Chandler McLeod, Downer Group, Eastern Guruma, Fortescue Metals Group, GHS Engineering, Lendlease, Mid West Traffic Control and community partners to create more opportunities for young people in Geraldton to start to build their careers. “We have commitments from large employers like Programmed to help us get hundreds more young people into work,” said Ms Cartwright 

“Ultimately, we want to prepare young people with the skills and attributes to get the local jobs in growing industries. When young people secure a job, they can enjoy a better future,” Ms Cartwright said. 

Planning is now underway for Real Futures to open its doors to Transition to Work participants from
1 July 2022 from a convenient location in Marine Terrace, Geraldton.
TtW will complement the services Real Futures already deliver in Geraldton.

For more information, contact Emma Kirby, National Marketing Manager on [email protected]