The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has just published a summary paper covering their Youth Collaboration Trial (YCT), a service integration model to help young people aged 15 to 24 transition into work.
The YCT covered the 18 months from June 2013 to December
2014 and sought to link employment, education and training services like Youth
Connections and Job Services Australia using existing government funding. The
YCT trial was based in Frankston, Craigieburn and Melbourne’s western suburbs.
It found that the five main benefits of collaboration between service providers were:
helping youth services make sense of a complex
improving communication and understanding between
avoiding duplication of services and thereby
making best use of scarce resources;
the ability to offer a number of services that
meet young people’s ‘broader needs’; and
preventing young people from falling through the
gaps in the system.
Another chief finding from the trial is that ‘it takes time
to build the strong relationships that are needed to harness existing community
resources’. Many of the collaborations begun during the trial are continuing