New Executive appointed to lead largest ever scale-up of Employment, Training and Social Enterprise services into the West and beyond Trent Miller has been appointed as our new Executive Manager of Employment, Training & Social Enterprise, and will lead our growing portfolio of employment, training & social enterprise offerings as part of our expansion into Western Melbourne and beyond. Trent is an experienced leader with a depth of experience in social impact, leading the way on inclusive leadership, and empowering teams to deliver significant social & economic impact. “Trent joined the organisation earlier this year as Head of Major Projects and Transformation, hitting the ground running to manage our expansion into Western Melbourne, and has a deep knowledge of Youth Projects having worked as a senior leader prior to 2020” shares Ben Vasiliou, CEO. During his previous tenure at Youth Projects, Trent spearheaded the launch of our Community Traineeship Pilot Program, re-shaping our Employability Skills Training program, managing the delivery of Disability Employment Services program, and developing a targeted program for young people living with varied abilities - Here4Hospitality. When asked about what he is looking forward to supporting most at Youth Projects over the next 3 – 5 years, Trent shares, “It is fantastic to see our hard work and performance rewarded with the opportunity to expand our services to Western Melbourne. The next phase of our growth will be to understand what services we need to strategically overlay our greenfield footprint to ensure our clients receive the best possible experience.” Prior to joining Youth Projects, Trent was the Senior Project Manager at Social Ventures Australia, and has held senior roles with Uniting Vic.Tas, SkillsPlus & BRACE. Last year, Trent was awarded a scholarship for Melbourne Business School’s Emerging Leaders Development Program, is on track to complete his Master of Business Administration with Monash University this year and will use his Bachelor of Commerce (Business Analytics) to continue elevating Youth Projects’ data driven decision making culture. Trent shares, “I have been a social services practitioner for over ten years which has equipped me with a diverse skillset, whilst my education and employment experience has taught me that not-for-profit organisations can still put the client at the centre of everything they do while having sound commercial acumen to scale their impact.” Pictured here (L-R) Trent Miller, Sabrina Foti, Ben Vasiliou and Wendy Caspar at the CoAct ConnectUp Gala Awards 2022 We are equally pleased to announce that former Executive of Employment, Training & Social Enterprise – Wendy Caspar – remains with the organisation and will work with the CEO to head up a new internal unit as Head of Quality, Compliance & Risk Strategy. Wendy will guide our growth and support the wider leadership team at Youth Projects to ensure we maintain a strong focus on quality service, accreditations, and continuous improvement. Pictured here: Wendy Caspar, new Head of Quality, Compliance & Risk Strategy at Youth Projects Having notched up close to 20 collective years at Youth Projects, Wendy has been instrumental in the growth and high performance of our employment, training & social enterprise offerings and will take this experience into our Community Health & Corporate Services portfolios. Over the past 6 years Wendy has led advances in our Transition to Work, Disability Employment Services, Social Enterprise, and many other innovative programs - having grown the portfolio three times over. “We look forward to having Wendy extending her deep knowledge, skills and expertise to support to the wider organisation moving forward and are confident that both Trent and Wendy will grow our social and economic impact for our young people and the community” shares CEO, Ben Vasiliou. We're always looking for innovative, values driven partners that enable greater social and economic opportunities for young people across our employment and training programs. If you would like to find out more about getting involved with Youth Projects, please drop us a line.