What are social enterprises?
Social enterprises are a 'bridge' for young people to open employment through a period of paid work and training.
How do they work?
Qualified and experienced tradespeople help unemployed young people learn practical skills and appropriate workplace behaviours in a real work environment.
yourtown is one of the pioneers of work-based social enterprises in Australia, having provided over 2,500 young people with paid work experience and training over the last 16 years.
Each enterprise employs a blended workforce in which qualified and experienced tradespeople provide supervision and training for disadvantaged young people to help them learn practical skills and appropriate workplace behaviours in a real work environment. These opportunities act as a bridge to open employment and the wider labour market.
yourtown Enterprises currently operate in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, delivering services for a wide range of private, public and community organisations. These businesses provide valuable services for organisations, and paid work and training for disadvantaged young people.
Enterprise employees receive coaching and support from supervisors and youth workers and can undertake accredited training. yourtown subsequently helps them to secure permanent employment in local industry and provides post placement support for employer and employee to ensure retention.
yourtown focuses on projects which improve enterprise employees' skills and work readiness, while providing social, economic and environmental benefits to local communities. The majority of our experience has been in the areas of construction, property and asset maintenance.
Why choose yourtown?
yourtown delivers quality services to business partners whilst providing valuable outcomes to disadvantaged young people, and long-term benefits to the community.
Social procurement has become a key component in many government and commercial contracts and demonstrates an organisation's commitment to 'give back' to the local community. Supporting social enterprises contributes strongly to corporate social responsibility targets by providing entry-level jobs for local young people, Indigenous recruitment, training and employment.
There are also broader social and economic benefits for local communities. Australian and international research has demonstrated that the benefits of social procurement includes reduced unemployment among disadvantaged groups, decreased welfare dependency, the provision of a training ground for local industry, reduced crime and anti-social behaviour, and a flow-on impact on community health and wellbeing.
Our experienced team is ready to assist you with your next project.
Sarai Tuuga | Northern Area Manager - QLD | firstname.lastname@example.org | 07 3867 1204
Michael Starr | Southern Area Manager - NSW | email@example.com | 0401 673 293 | 02 8804 4600
Matt Coates | Enterprise Manager - SA | firstname.lastname@example.org | 0402 990 342 | 08 8633 3675
Brendan Bourke | Head of Client Services | email@example.com | 07 3867 1297
Alternatively, please contact our Head Office on 07 3368 3399.
Sarai is a Samoan woman with extensive ties to the Pacific Islander communities in the Logan, Goodna, Inala and Ipswich areas. She has over 21 years of experience in working with highly disadvantaged young people, which includes the development and management of alternative education, pre-employment and labour market programs and services across South East Queensland. Sarai manages yourtown’s regional services and programs in South East Queensland, including our social enterprises. Sarai has a Bachelor of Social Science, Certificate IV in Frontline Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Adult Vocational Education.
Michael manages yourtown’s regional services in New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania. He has an extensive background as a senior manager across a wide range of industry areas. His experience includes profit centre management in the business services sector in Australia, the US and UK; senior management positions in the recruitment services industry in Australia; and strategic adviser for the Forrest review. His recent experience includes working as the National Employer Relationship Manager for the GenerationOne initiative, the industry-led collaboration between government, industry and Indigenous people. Before joining yourtown, Michael was General Manager, Corporate Relations for the SP Jain International Business School in Sydney.
Matt began at yourtown in 2007 after eight years in the building and cabinet making/wood machining industries. He is a qualified tradesman, with experience in both traditional and modern forms of cabinet making, and currently operates yourtown's timber machining workshop that supports local businesses. Matt is also experienced in residential and light commercial construction work, including the management and supervision of work teams and training young people. He has a Certificate IV in Cabinetmaking and a Certificate in Wood Carving.
Brendan commenced at yourtown in 2003 to help establish our employment, education and training programs and their associated regional delivery network. In 2016, Brendan was appointed as our Head of Client Services, leading the implementation and delivery of integrated client services in line with our organisational strategic framework. Prior to working with yourtown, Brendan spent five years as a senior manager with a major national recruitment agency following 16 years with the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) in a variety of operational and senior management positions. Brendan has a Graduate Certificate in Business and extensive experience in the training and employment services industry in the private, public and community sectors.
“The best thing about this job is I’m learning a variety of trades, the staff give you heaps of help, and I’ve improved my people skills. yourtown has helped me be a better person."