Mea­sur­ing suc­cess of changed lives

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - AMINA MC­CAULEY

BRAY­DEN Price and An­drew Rear­don can­not speak highly enough of the pro­gram that has brought light to their youth.

Yes­ter­day, so­cial en­ter­prise Trou­ble­smiths re­leased its first eval­u­a­tion re­port which out­lined the suc­cess of its 146 par­tic­i­pants over its two years.

The ini­tia­tive is sup­ported by the State Gov­ern­ment and Work­skills to pro­vide ser­vices to job seek­ers aged 15-24 regis­tered through Cen­tre­link, and is man­aged by Im­pact Com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr Price, 22, said not only has the pro­gram taught him skills that have read­ied him for fur­ther em­ploy­ment, but has done won­ders for his men­tal health. “I suf­fer from de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety, so com­ing to this [Trou­ble­smiths] was a ma­jor amount to do with that,” Mr Price said.

The re­port was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Uni­ver­sity of Tas­ma­nia, Im­pact Com­mu­ni­ties and Work­skills and was con­ducted by the In­sti­tute for the Study of So­cial Change at UTAS.

The re­port found that 70 per cent of Trou­ble­smiths par­tic­i­pants achieved a job place­ment fol­low­ing the pro­gram, while al­most 20 per cent achieved an ed­u­ca­tion place­ment.


NEW SKILLS: An­drew Rear­don, 23, and Bray­den Price, 22, are par­tic­i­pants in the Trou­ble­smiths pro­gram.

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