Real Futures is committed to providing pathways and support to local women in Carnarvon so they can achieve their dreams and aspirations.
Women often face additional barriers to work and training as family and cultural needs take priority with their time and energy. They are also more likely to have missed out on education or be out of the workforce for long periods of time.
Real Futures works with each woman to understand their background, current life situation and what opportunities and barriers there are. We then create a tailored and flexible plan for their wellbeing, training and employment, supporting them each step of the way.
Our approach includes discovering their strengths and interests, boosting their confidence and self-belief, equipping them with tools, skills and experience, and then finding a job that fits.
We do this through supported activities, practical training, local engagement and collaborating with other services to provide wrap-around support.
Some examples of our services and programs include:
- Training Courses and Qualifications: A range of courses are available from hospitality to construction.
- Supported Employment: The opportunity to gain experience in a work environment as a step towards independent employment.
- On-the-Job Training: Connecting aspirants with employers who provide qualifications while working.
- Driving Equity: A program the connects people with driver’s licenses and lessons.
- Work Development Program: Financial support to pay off fines for those suffering hardship.
One of our aspirants Karleah Pickett began a hosted placement as Early Child Educator at Granny Glasgow this year. She is now enrolled for Certificate III in Early Childhood – you can read her story here
Dawn was experiencing long-term unemployed before she connected with Real Futures. Without an ID, there was an additional barrier to finding a job. Our team helped her obtained her birth certificate, photo ID, WWCC, NPC and a learners driver license.
Dawn has now been employed in the Aged Care Sector for over a year, has her driver’s license and saved enough to buy her own car! You can read more here.
April’s Story – Embarking on a New Career in Hospitality
April is a mother of two beautiful children and helps to look after her sister’s children when needed. She is also one of our students completing her Certificate II in Hospitality while working at our café – Jardilunji Mia.
From the start, April has shown us enthusiasm and commitment to achieve her goals and complete her studies. No matter what challenges have come along, she has persevered and overcome them.
With the continuous support and guidance from Real Futures team, April is now one of our top students. She is quick to pick up new skills and can always be relied on at the café,
Due to willingness to work and can-do attitude, one of the local food companies, Mundilya Homestead, have offered her seasonal work catering for local events.
April is pictured here with the Gascoyne Development Commission CEO, Timothy, at a recent Food Industry Innovations event. She served delicious local produce to attendees. She has also helped during Ladies Day, Speedway races, and many other events.
April will complete her Certificate II in Hospitality in July and there is an opportunity as a full-time worker at Jardilunji Mia. Well done April – we are so proud of your journey and success!
Women’s Business 2nd Chance Program
Real Futures Women’s Business 2nd Chance (WB2C) Program was established in March 2020. We currently operate in NSW and WA.
The vision for the WB2C program and hubs is to create meaningful and lasting opportunities for Indigenous women. We provide a culturally safe space where women can come and dream, imagine and become.
Each of the Women’s Hubs provide valuable access to employment pathways, quality learning, entrepreneurship, and educational and vocational training workshops. We are currently servicing over 750 women across Australia.