Learning on the Job: Brotherhood youth program


September 2015

Kaitlyne, 18, signed up for the Brotherhood's youth transitions program 'in order to get a job'. The 13-week program works with young people in need by supporting them into employment, education or training.


I wasn't very educated," says Kaitlyne. "I left [school] in Year 12. It was a very big decision for me.'

With youth unemployment in Victoria hovering around 15 per cent, Kaitlyne, who has since returned to education, is not alone in her search for a job. 

The program, as well as building skills and confidence, brings disadvantaged young people into contact with potential employers through 'work tasters'. 

In September, young people from our program in Laverton and Taylors Hill spent the day at Herbert Smith Freehills, an international law firm with offices in Melbourne.   
Staff at HSF conducted mock interviews with the young job-seekers and offered tips on how best to prepare for the world of work.  

'I've had a lot of advice,' says Kaitlyne, 'but I think having a tour of a very professional facility like this, and talking to professionals, will definitely help me get a job in the future.'

Chelsea Mullavey, state practice administrator at Herbert Smith Freehills, said it was 'fantastic' for HSF staff to interact with young people from the Brotherhood program. 

'It really gives us an opportunity to be engaged with the community.'

Learn more about Youth Transitions »

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