What is the Step into Work program?

Operating in Sydney, Australia, Step into Work (SIW) prepares women to develop the confidence and skills to find meaningful employment.  The program runs over 5 consecutive weekly sessions of 2.5 hours during school terms, delivered in partnership with schools and community organisations that coordinate the registration process and provide the venue.

The program is suited to under-employed or unemployed women. SIW was designed particularly for mothers of young children, who may also be facing other social difficulties ranging from migration, financial, family, or parenting stress.

Our classes are free of charge.

SIW includes step-by-step coaching to make realistic career plans, identify and manage stress, overcome barriers and set goals. Groups range in size from 6 to 12 women with tailored support that accommodates each participant’s capabilities and circumstances.

The program covers practical areas including:

  • Matching values, skills and interests to types of work.
  • Training and educational options through TAFE.
  • Developing a personal Step into Work plan.
  • Searching and applying for jobs, including using the internet.
  • Preparing resumes and cover letters/emails.
  • Job search communication and interview preparation and skills.

Importantly, the program also focuses on building up the life skills and confidence that women need when entering or returning to paid employment:

  • Managing family and work life balance.
  • Relaxation and stress management.
  • Developing personal networks and using them effectively.

Sessions include group discussion and role-play.

At each session, participants are provided with their own workbook and notes and, upon completion of the course, they receive a certificate.

Who is most suited to attend Step into Work?  

SIW is intended to help women who:

  • Are unemployed or under-employed and now wish to enter or return to the workforce.
  • Are financially disadvantaged or in a situation of financial stress.
  • Are experiencing social stress or cultural disadvantage/isolation or are recent immigrants.
  • Have lost confidence in themselves and their ability to find employment.

To be accepted into the program, participants are expected to:

  • Have sufficient English language skills to read, write and communicate within the group, without requiring assistance.
  • Be committed to attend the whole program of 5 sessions.