Increase in number of young people employed/enrolled in education after completing the Education First Youth Foyer (EFYF)
There is significant wage gap and employment rate between someone who drops out of school in year 10 versus year 12. Our Education First Youth Foyer (EFYF) program is a targeted approach supporting young people to stay out of homelessness and provide them with training that builds foundational life skills for their future.
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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2020-2021 data show that of all young people who received assistance from Specialist Homelessness Services in Victoria, 24% were still enrolled in some form of study and 15% were employed by the end of their support. At Launch Housing, our rates are significantly higher than the state average.
The EFYF program equips young people with individual living skills through training while they are ‘on campus’. The aim of the program is to keep young people out of the homelessness service system by equipping them with the right skills to maintain a tenancy, providing them with a strong foundation to complete or further their education, and helping them exit into affordable private rentals.
The program has experienced exit pressures as private rentals have become unaffordable to many young people. EFYF explores shared housing arrangements with other Foyer students as an alternative and affordable option, enabling young people to circumvent the homelessness service system.
Education and employment rates when young people leave the EFYF program are on track. The number of people enrolled in education upon exiting EFYF was 26 young people, or 65%. This is an increase to last year’s 59% result.
Twenty-five young people, or 62.5%, were employed when they left the program. This is a 14% increase. Similar to last year, young people were employed as casuals in the retail and hospitality industries which are common employment pathways observed among other young people
The EFYF program experienced high demand this year through referral requests for spots at the two Foyers. This highlights the need for additional Foyer support.
The Foyer Foundation in partnership with philanthropy and the government is investigating where the demand is to ensure future youth foyers are well located. The success of youth foyers is well recognised with one round of the Big Build dedicated to increasing the number of youth foyers across the state.
Thanks to our partners
Kangan and Holmesglen TAFEs hosted our Foyers on their campuses and provided the education for the program.
MCEC adopted inclusive recruitment practices to remove barriers to employment for Foyer students.
HoMie provided young people with the skills, confidence, and experiences to be more work-ready through retail training and education programs.
For Change Co. employed young people in their Homeplate hospitality training program developing their workplace skills and confidence.