At the beginning of 2010, Careers Development Group identified Australia as a suitable country to expand its footprint in delivering employment services contracts and training. BESTCDG general manager Chris Dale explains how, over the last two years, CDG has forged a number of alliances throughout Australia to achieve this.
called BESTCDG Pty Ltd, was incorporated. CDG jointly community-based organisation with a reputation for delivering a high quality service in Regional Victoria. BESTCDG allows contracts to be won in Australia which would be out of reach for CDG and BEST CD independently.
aligned with both parent organisations, with a central objective to form true partnerships with likeminded organisations. BESTCDG believes that a combination of skills, expertise and experience will meet the needs of its jobseekers more effectively.
BESTCDG’s main organisational strategy is to win Melbourne Employment Service Areas ESAs that will start in July 2012. It will also look to win other JSA contracts and Disability Employment Service DES contracts in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.
BESTCDG has created a transparent and honest relationship with Wesley Mission Victoria, based in Melbourne. This partnership will look to secure JSA
Wesley is a large community service organisation providing community and employment services across Victoria.
More than 55,000 people are supported each year by a team of around 800 staff and 1,700 volunteers. Wesley has operated disability employment services for over 30 years and is committed to quality employment outcomes for both the employer and the employee.
crisis as severely as the UK, and from a macro
perspective its unemployment statistics are enviable youth and mature-aged demographics, highlights its own problems.
Over the last 12 months BESTCDG has been in constant contact with Canberra to ensure its strategy meets the needs of Australia.
The PATHS programme
PATHS is a unique family case management programme that is delivering services to jobless families in Bundaberg to develop their routes to employment and reduce their dependency on welfare.
The programme provides tailored, holistic and intensive support for families caught in a cycle of unemployment. PATHS offers wrap-around service solutions and links participants to relevant community, training and employment programmes while providing ongoing case management.
PATHS is funded by the Innovation Fund, Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations DEEWR, which is a component of the Australian government’s national employment services, Job Services Australia. The Innovation Fund is designed to address the needs of the most disadvantaged jobseekers through funding projects that will foster innovative solutions to overcome barriers to employment.
BESTCDG won this project in partnership with Sarina Russo, one of the most successful providers in Australia.
Strategically this project, which BESTCDG will deliver, is ideal because it can now:
demonstrate to the Australian government that it can deliver in the country
demonstrate that it can deliver in a region that needs assistance with a target group which the government wants to see improvements in, such as jobless families
show that the partnership model works, and work with one of the leading providers in Australia.
2011 is an important year for CDG in Australia. Strategically, what is being done now through BESTCDG will ensure it will have the best possible chance of growing organically in the Australian marketplace.
CDG Annual Review 2010/11
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