On Wednesday the 20th of December 2017, YC Group at Green Central Kariong, was host to Lucy Wicks MP, Federal Member for Robertson.
The visit focused on the work that YC Group and its subsidiaries do on the Central Coast.
The CEO of YC Group, Claudia Devlin, led the tour of the site and the following discussions.
The first topic of discussion was the Green Central site itself. The peaceful, idyllic bush setting of Green Central was of keen interest to the Member for Robertson, who understands the need for a nurturing setting to escape a feeling of brokenness.
The next topic of discussion was YC Group’s alternative enterprise education model, NG Central School.
The Member for Robertson agreed with YC Group’s CEO Claudia Devlin that more funding is needed to adequately cater for the needs of our NGC students. A discussion about the future of NGC followed, in particular around the possibility of turning the school into one that offers boarding.
A topic of particular interest to the Member for Robertson was Youth Connections and the Abilities program. Youth Connections operates from a niche market perspective, as they offer support specifically for young people living with disability.
One of the most important subjects discussed was the employment opportunities available on the Central Coast for people living with a disability or with complex barriers to employment. The Member for Robertson could see immediate opportunities within the current industry development strategy for the region.
Work for the Dole was also topic of discussion. The discussion surrounded YC Groups subsidiary, The Skills Generator, and the Work for the Dole activities it provides through partnership with industry employers, trainers and community organisations. Both individuals remarked how the Work for the Dole program provides participants with skills, friendships, connections, choices and confidence.
YC Group would like to thank Lucy Wicks MP, Federal Member for Robertson, for her time and input on this day.