Is this you?

  • You are a born facilitator
  • You have experience working in employment services, youth work, social work, or a mix of all
  • You always see the person, not just their immediate situation because you understand that everyone has different needs, and that is okay
  • You’re passionate about tackling youth disadvantage on the frontline
  • You understand the importance of engaging and supporting young people to empower them to address complex barriers to employment
  • You’re bendy and full of creative ways to meet our service users where they are at and believe that engagement shouldn’t be a one size fits all model
  • You hold a Certificate IV in Youth Work, Community Services, Career Development or Training & Assessment (preferred)

Our frontline warriors and change makers are all here because we genuinely want to break the cycle of disadvantage, and we want you to want that too!

A bit about the roles

As an Employability Skills Training (EST) Coach, you will facilitate job-ready programs and support young people and job seekers to address barriers to employment, education, and/or training. Our EST Coaches are enablers who connect the needs of participants with the needs of the local labour market including industry and employers. 

Through developing and delivering innovative activity-based groups, building relationships, and providing intensive interventions and support, you will mentor young people and job seekers into sustainable employment pathways 

Here are some of the things you could expect to be doing in your first month:

  • Developing innovative, individualised EST activities which improve participant’s employability skills
  • Facilitating job readiness programs
  • Providing vocational guidance, including preparing a resume and job applications, tailored to a participant’s goals
  • Running and facilitating group workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with local employers, industry, RTO’s
  • Reverse marketing participants into employment positions, work experience placements, and internships
  • Providing tailored, intensive support to participants, to build and enhance employability skills
  • Implementing industry awareness experiences that are meaningful and are aligned to the needs of industry, employers, and community partners
  • Delivering high-quality services to participants, employers, RTOs, and schools.
  • Promoting of EST activities to key local stakeholders
  • Promoting our programs and services
  • Delivering employment readiness assessments with participants to assess employability and tailor support aligned to assessment outcomes
  • Maintaining compliant participant records and case notes
  • Actively participating in ongoing professional development
  • Actively engage, participate and share knowledge obtained through local youth, community, and key stakeholder networks.
  • Undertaking your Annual Performance Review and planning for an exciting year ahead.

For more information on this position please download the Success Profile (Job description).

A bit about us

We are an independent, registered charity providing front line support to young people and people experiencing homelessness to open up pathways out of poverty and homelessness - breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Our focus is on respect, client-centred care, and harm prevention so people can lead longer lives, have improved health, meaningful employment, and a greater sense of belonging, safety, and security through our holistic model of care.

In 2021 alone, this is (some) of what we got up to:

  • Over 8,000 people accessed our services
  • Welcomed 16,431 visits to The Living Room
  • 80% of the young people we supported landed sustainable employment or education outcomes
  • More than 150,000 coffees were sold through our social enterprise cafes with $73K profit re-directed into homelessness and youth services
  • Experienced 130,000+ contacts through our harm minimisation programs

You can read more in our Impact Report or you’ll find us right across Naarm/Melbourne with our main offices located in Glenroy and on Hosier Lane right in the centre of the city, but we’re growing quickly and expanding to more locations in 2022!

Site Location: Employability Skills Coaches will be based across Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Sunshine and Melton sites. If you have a preference, please note it in your cover letter.

Why should you work with us?  

We’re a casual and flexible, yet professional and high energy workplace. We encourage flexibility for a healthy work/life balance and although we are very serious about our work, we are very chill when it comes time to wind down. Every day you spend working with us, you’re making a difference. Although they're pretty great perks, we don’t just stop there… here are some of the others:

  • Free, locally roasted coffee at the office 
  • A portion of your income as tax-free through generous salary packaging benefits
  • PLUS additional tax-free salary packaging on meals & entertainment expenses
  • Flexible work environment& flexibility to take extra unpaid leave for travel while working
  • 5% Annual Leave Loading
  • Uncapped Employee Assistance Program
  • Additional paid leave for caregiving, wellbeing, family violence, study PLUS an extra 5 personal leave days


In order to attract strong talent, we pay competitively and remunerate based on your skills and experience and are determined to make this the best job you'll ever have. The annual salary for this role is $70,000.

Recruitment Process

Think you have what it takes for this role? Send through a cover letter and your resume to [email protected] before 5pm Friday 15 April 2022

Please note is a requirement of all Youth Projects positions that the successful applicant holds a valid Working with Children’s Check, Police Check and is vaccinated for Covid-19.

Our commitment to diversity 

At Youth Projects, we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions and encourage applications from candidates with a disability, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and indigenous candidates 

Safety screening 

Youth Projects has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation. All Youth Projects staff must undergo Police and Working with Children Checks.