The strong relationship between unemployment and disadvantage is well established in economic and social policy research. Further, employment has been shown to offer a significant pathway out of disadvantage, (though the journey may not be an easy one).
“Employment is a key trigger for leaving disadvantage… But while paid employment can be a route out of a state of disadvantage, it does not guarantee an absence of recurrent disadvantage as some jobs, particularly low-skilled jobs, are low-paid and hours of available work not assured. Living in a job-poor household is experienced by more people, and appears to be more likely to be long term than joblessness.” – Deep and Persistent Disadvantage in Australia, Australian Government, 2013
The evidence suggests that it is ‘quality’ jobs, that is, jobs with a living wage, opportunities for training and progression, and jobs that offer more than casual hours are key to ensuring that employment creates a pathway out of disadvantage.
The Foundation’s Employment support program seeks to ensure sustainable and sustaining employment for ALL in the G21 region. Specifically, the Foundation will accept applications related to the following focus areas:
- Employment Pathways and Transitions – ensuring vulnerable people have an employment pathway (e.g those from low socio-economic status backgrounds, with a disability, Refugee and asylum seekers, youth)
- Supporting Job Retention-recognising the importance of support and problem solving of barriers to ensure ongoing employment for vulnerable people
- Supporting Social Enterprise – enabling social enterprise to build jobs and assist vulnerable people in finding employment
The Foundation delivers the following Grant Rounds related to our program areas, click here