Official opening for Ladder office in Latrobe Valley

On Tuesday 26 June, the Ladder Step Up Latrobe Valley site was officially launched at Church St Morwell, just in time for the program to welcome its second group of 12 participants starting this week.

Ladder Step Up Latrobe Valley is an 18-month pilot program being delivered in partnership with the Latrobe Valley Authority to help kick start the career prospects of more than 60 local young people aged between 16 and 25 with help from the AFL industry. This is the first time Ladder is running the program in Latrobe Valley.

Since program one commencement on April 23, 12 young people have graduated with Ladder Development Coaches providing: 53 group sessions, 42 individual sessions over the six week program, and a total of 81 direct service delivery hours to support education, employment and training outcomes for young people of the Latrobe Valley.

These graduates will now receive up to 12 months of work experience and intensive support from our Development Coaches and community and business mentors to help them on the path to realising their individual goals. Ladder is also very grateful to have Bank Australia as a program supporter, kindly supporting the mentoring element of this program.

Ladder Acting CEO Stephanie De Campo said “The next group of participants commencing the program this week will benefit from a range of activities and experiences designed to help build their confidence, teamwork skills and identify goals they’d like to achieve.”

“This site provides a welcoming space for the young people who are participating in the program to go, and we are very grateful for their contribution to its design as it will mean it’s a useable and comfortable place for young people to come.”

Latrobe Valley Authority Chief Executive Officer Karen Cain said supporting young people in Latrobe Valley who might be at risk of unemployment was essential in ensuring our entire community benefits from the transition of our local economy.

“We really see this program as a way of making sure our young people are inspired to achieve their best and are exposed to all the potential futures available to them so they can build the connections and skills required to find successful and fulfilling employment.”

“We’re thrilled to see the first group of participants have such a great start to the program, and look forward to continue working with Ladder in this wonderful new space as they support more of our local young people.”

More information on Ladder Step Up Latrobe Valley can be found here