Measuring success of changed lives
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.