YC Group has been operational since 1995, formerly trading as youthconnections.com.au. Our 21-year history has seen us deliver a diverse continuum of services within the unique socio-economic environments of the Central Coast, Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, Northern and Western Sydney, Canberra, Broome and regional Victoria.
Originally, we exclusively operated as a Structured Workplace Learning provider, liaising with schools and local employers to facilitate work-placement opportunities for HSC students studying VET subjects. Since that humble origin, we grew exponentially and positioned ourselves as one of NSW’s leading youth transition service providers, with a whole gamut of services designed to prepare young people for sustained and meaningful employment, through education, training and social support.
Our delivery of the Federal Youth Connections program from 2010-2014 saw us support hundreds of local young people through intensive case management, work-readiness and vocational training, work experience, recreational opportunities, social support and employment brokerage. Our extensive network of schools, TAFEs, employers, industry, business, government agencies and community organisations has supported our delivery of holistic, person-centred transition support.
From 2013-2016, we delivered a Federal Government-funded pilot program in the Wyong Shire, known as the Better Futures Hub. As lead agent on a consortium partnership with DALE Young Parents School and ET Australia, we delivered alternative education for young parents, vocational training, soft-entry courses, childcare and social support services to young parents, their children and individuals experiencing long-term unemployment. In partnership with an extensive network of education, training, government commercial and community stakeholders, we were responsible for designing a place-based, collective impact initiative that allowed parents to study while accessing the wrap-around support of onsite childcare and community services. The annual sign in numbers for students, staff and visitors exceeded 10,000 for each year with 665 students having completed courses onsite, and over 150 families participated in soft-entry groups focussing on parenting, postnatal depression, PEAL and supported play.
Alongside our dynamic case management, coordination and outreach, we have established multiple programs and services designed to equip people with innovative education and training, both in and outside the classroom. To learn about these services, click here.
We are now proud to support individuals and families across a diverse range of life-stages, as they realise their social, economic and civic potential.