Impact21 has been co-designed by large-scale employer partners; DuluxGroup, PwC, JB Hi-Fi, Sodexo and Deakin University. The student curriculum has been successfully built to produce work-ready graduates with industry relevant skills, confidence, independence, and social connectedness.
Participants learn within an inclusive tertiary environment and on-the-job work experiences in year one, and transition into the workforce as employees in year two with ongoing support and professional development.
Employers receive tailored inclusion training, tools and support for all staff to become confident and capable in sustaining a diverse workforce. Employers that sign up to the program, including those in regional Victoria, will benefit from training customised to their business needs, whilst building increased capacity as an inclusive employer, with ongoing support.
Employers, including those in regional Victoria are supported through online learning and short courses empowering the hiring of people from their local communities.
Following the success of the pilot program, twelve Impact21 Alumni are now in meaningful employment with large-scale employers. The second intake of 16 participants has begun in 2021 and these hard-working students know that when they graduate, they will have guaranteed employment with an employer who has been set up for success.