An initiative between LSV and the YMCA has opened doors to employment for young people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in Melbourne’s inner northern areas of Yarra, Moreland and Darebin.
The project engages youth from CALD communities in targeted, culturally sensitive water safety education and skills based learning. The aim is to connect the young people to their community and provide employment pathways and opportunities within the aquatics industry or emergency services.
The first year of this two year project has now been completed, with 582 participants taking part across a range of LSV programs and training sessions.
Participants underwent targeted aquatics skills training, including Learn to Swim programs and pool lifeguard training, attaining skills and qualifications to take back to their communities and potentially gain employment.
LSV has already secured a number of paid employment positions at aquatic centres within each of the three targeted regions for a number of these CALD participants.
LSV and the YMCA will also continue to work with participants post project completion, to provide ongoing support and mentorship.
Current CALD aquatic graduates will work with participants as key role models, providing motivation and mentorship, with the aim for graduates from this project to be able to serve similar mentoring roles in future initiatives.
The project is funded by a grant from the Inner North Community Foundation as part of the organisation’s CALD training and employment project.
For further information about LSV Multicultural Projects, visit: www.lsv.com.au/multicultural/