The Braybrook Maidstone Youth Partnership (BMYP) is a collaboration between state and local government and the not-for-profit sector. The charter of the BMYP is to:
- put in place structures that enable better coordination of services for young people experiencing disadvantage in Braybrook and Maidstone; and
- collectively undertake long-term service planning.
The emphasis of the BMYP is on:
- investing in cross-agency, cross-government and cross-sectoral service responses for young people;
- leading integrated service delivery and program planning that will achieve clearly identified health, education, training and employment outcomes for young people in Braybrook and Maidstone, and
- sustainability – including a long-term commitment to local coordination and planning.
Such an approach has already resulted in key outcomes including:
- development and adoption of the Braybrook Maidstone Youth Partnership Outcomes Framework which incorporates an agreement from all the partners to work to one local area plan that achieves long term sustainable outcomes for young people in the area;
- establishment of the Braybrook Youth Enterprise Hub which provides education, training and employment support programs that link young people back to school, or to TAFE or to employment; and
- development of a pre-employment/life skills initiative (in line with the BMYP integrated youth plan) by Victoria University (a member of the BMYP), via the Youth Guarantee funding that provides young people with a pathway from school to further training within VUT/TAFE, as well to traineeships provided by the State Government’s Youth Employment scheme
The Partnership is committed to promoting social inclusion by addressing the interconnected forms of disadvantage and health inequalities experienced by the diverse populations of young people and families living in this area. The Partnership is led by an executive comprising of senior executive officers from regional, state and local government departments and agencies. Eleven young people graduated from this program in 2009 and the program will run again with a new cohort in Semester 2, 2009.
The participants all remarked that their reason for staying on in the program was the work experience component.
We are seeking employers who can offer entry-level work experience.
For a TAFE to run a training program linked to this area of work, we need to ensure we have places for at least 15 young people. This may mean that we need a cluster of like employers to provide work experience.