Minderoo Foundation28 Feb 2019

Western Force show true sportsmanship in support of In-School Parent Employment Service

Western Force players throw their weight behind new government program IPES.


The Western Force came to play at the Neerigen Brook Primary School athletic carnival, assisting teachers, lifting student morale and even competing in a race or two. The players also took the opportunity to speak with parents about the Minderoo Foundation’s new In-School Parent Employment Service (IPES). Their aim was to start a conversation about the benefits of the program which endeavours to link young parents to employment.

IPES was recently introduced in Armadale WA as part of a new Federal Government pilot assisting young parents to develop long-term employment strategies. Evaluated by the Telethon Kids Institute, the pilot tests whether co-locating employment services within a school environment promotes effective participation through a ‘one-stop-shop’ model approach, engaging with parents while children are at school.

Western Force player Clay Uyen said the program was a great opportunity for local families.

“We’re here to promote the in-school employment service that Minderoo runs, which is a wicked program for young parents and kids. The more we can mingle and promote that [program], and let the word be heard then the better” Uyen said.

IPES launched with significant interest at Challis Community Primary and Willandra Primary in mid-2018. The program quickly expanded to Neerigen Brook Primary and other local schools in Armadale. This year further services will roll-out to additional primary and secondary schools including Bedfordale, Harrisdale, Piara Waters, Forrestdale, Champion Lakes, Wungong, Hilbert, Roleystone and Kelmscott.

Providing a hands-on approach and building a solid foundation with parents across a range of local events gives young people a greater sense of investment within their community and reengages them with the job-seeking process. IPES works with local support services to encourage eligible young parents to sign up and co-design a personal employment plan. Minderoo also target local businesses to source jobs for participants, securing jobs from local employers for participating young parents encourages them to complete work-ready and job-specific training.

Minderoo Foundation’s In-school Parent Employment Service (IPES) is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Social Services.

Bianca Corciulo
by Bianca Corciulo
Bianca brings over 20 years’ experience across the employment and community services sector in both private and not-for-profit organisations, with this extensive knowledge across youth, mature aged, and Indigenous employment programs. With a strong understanding of employer account management, consulting, marketing and business development Bianca has a passion for forming successful collaborations with partners to gain positive results and real solutions for her clients in overcoming significant barriers.
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