The Local Jobs Plan

National Joblink Launceston have been successful in winning a limited tender through the Local Jobs Program (LJP). The LJP encourages innovation to accelerate re-skilling and up-skilling of participants to meet labour market needs. NJL have partnered with technology educational company Bitlink to deliver a 13-week program titled ‘The Games Fest – Digital Work is Real’ in February 2022. NJL recognise that young people have developed many skills through online gaming, such as teamwork, troubleshooting, decision making, strategic thinking and cyber expertise. These skills translate in many areas of the labour market, but firstly they need to be identified, valued, and marketed. ‘The Games Fest – Digital Work is Real’ activity will improve job-readiness by combining blocks of online games industry themed experiential learning and work preparation training. This will encourage participants to use their transferable skills across a range of industries and roles.


The Local Jobs Program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Bitlink logo.png
Local Jobs Program logo.png

Enterprise Learning Project - Bridgewater, TAS

Employability Skills Training (EST) Block 1 participants in Bridgewater settled on producing necessity/ dignity bags for a local food van for the homeless called “Loui’s Van” for their Enterprise Learning Project (ELP). These bags would then be distributed from the van to disadvantaged people. Students created a professional letter explaining who they were and why they were needing donations and began to approach local businesses. Most businesses were happy to donate toothpaste, soap, shampoo, moisturisers, and scarves. Woolworths even gave a $100 gift card to spend on necessities. The EST participants also made thank you cards and gave them out to the businesses that helped with donations. All the hard work paid off when Simon from


Vinnies came to collect the 10 separate bags the participants had put together. He was very impressed and appreciative of the group’s effort. Photos of the group and the bags were put up on the Vinnies ‘Donor Appreciation’ board. The 10 bags were delivered to ‘Loui’s Van’ ready for distribution to those in need. When this group of EST participants came into NJL on their first day, many of them were desperately shy and timid. Working together as a team, speaking to managers in local businesses and being part of a project that gave back to the community really helped their confidence and gave them a newfound sense of self-esteem.

ELP - Bridgewater.jpg

Industry Specific Training - Industrial Cleaning - Adelaide, SA

National Joblink’s Employability Skills Training (EST) students in Adelaide recently received an insight into the changing face of Soft Services and Cleaning thanks to Service FM’s Corporate Service Manager, Tracey Grigg. Service FM is a facility management company with offices across Australia. They have workers in a variety of fields, from cleaning, infection control and electrical compliance. Tracey  provided an in detail overall picture of the industry and how it is rapidly changing thanks to new expectations in cleanliness arising from the Covid-19 Pandemic. She highlighted that

Industry Specific training.png

being a cleaner is not the end of the line with organisations such as Service FM, but rather the start of a new opportunity for workers to grow their skills so they can move into management positions or other roles within the corporate services sector. Following the presentation, Service FM received many resumes that had been updated during the EST program that will be considered for upcoming roles. This is a great outcome for both the company and the students. The company regularly updates job opportunities on its website:

Transition to Work - Life Skills Group - Fitzroy

NJL Berserker have been focusing on building the confidence of our young people through our Transition to Work (TtW) Life Skills Group activities.

The success of these groups has been wonderful, with excellent attendance and group engagement. The TtW Life Skills Groups have a strong focus on young people feeling good about themselves and projecting a positive social media presence. They learn new skills such as cooking their own favourite or family recipes as well as completing a food hygiene course. They also look at how to access support services through Service Australia, including social workers and rent assistance as well as how to link services to their MyGov account so they 

Life Skills TTW.jpg

can access services such as the Australian Tax Office, Medicare and their Health Care Cards and Health Records. NJL also supports young people to dress and prepare for success by selecting appropriate interview clothes, learning how to iron and look their best for an interview. It has been amazing to see how engaged our Transition to Work participants are and to see them working towards gaining employment or study.

Making Waves - Cairns, QLD

NJL Cairns is celebrating the success of our latest Employability Skills Training (EST) Program 'Making Waves', with 9 employment outcomes so far and more to follow. In 2021 NJL Cairns initiated Making Waves, a specialised program working with long term unemployed youth targeting industries in Cairns that we know are looking for local based employees - namely the Marine, Tourism & Hospitality Sectors.

Making Waves logo.png


Newsletter - Jan - March 2022

  • TTW Tender

  • CTA Industry Visits - Hobart

  • Games Fest - Launceston

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - Oct to Dec 2021

  • The Local Jobs Plan

  • Culture Connect - Cairns

  • ParentsNext Digital Literacy Skills Group

  • Enterprise Learning Project

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - July to Sept 2021

  • Making Waves - Cairns

  • Cooking & Gardening - Launceston

  • Tarkine Lodge Update

  • National Tree Day

  • Good News Stories


Newsletter - April to June 2021

  • Culture Connect - Cairns

  • NJL's Job Fair - Darwin

  • Tasmanian Job Ready Fund

  • Youth Homelessness Matters Day

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - Jan to March 2021

  • NJL’s New Investment: Tarkine Wilderness Lodge

  • Face to Face Servicing – Career Transition Assistance

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - Oct to Dec 2020

  • Significant Changes for 2021

  • Wild Thyme Restaurant

  • Youth & Hip Hop Pioneer

  • EST Online – A Success Story

  • Cairns Driving School

Newsletter - July to Sept 2020

  • NJL Commits to Child Safety

  • NJL's Learner Driver Training

  • Counselling Sessions Available

  • Mango Season

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - April to June 2020

  • NJL's new CEO

  • Workplace Skills Training

  • Microsoft Teams

  • Peer Support Program

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - Jan to March 2020

  • NJL Online

  • Seasonal Workers in W.A

  • Commercial Kitchen Helps

  • Soggy Bottom Regatta

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - Oct to Dec 2019

  • NJL Restaurant

  • Guide Dogs Tas

  • Xmas Hampers

  • NJL House

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - July to Sept 2019

  • NJL Trainees

  • Y Cookbook

  • EST Activity S.A

  • Whitecard Training

Newsletter - April to June 2019

  • Career Transition Assistance

  • McArthur River Mining

  • Speak Up Stay Chatty

  • Youth Week TAS


Newsletter - Jan to March 2019

  • Aus Tourism Awards

  • A day in the life of EST Trainer

  • Lights, Camera, Action!

  • Fire pit Yarning Circle


Newsletter - Oct to Dec 2018

  • Xmas Support for the Homeless

  • NJL Bloodline Group

  • Be the Change - EST Project

  • Good News Stories


Newsletter - July to Sept 2018

  • Maningrida Recycle Program

  • NJL Adelaide

  • Cairns brews up a storm

  • Good News Stories

Over the course of a 6-week EST Course NJL trainers & mentors worked with 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth aged 15-24 to gain skills & qualifications to seek employment within these 3 industries as they require a selective skill set. The training covered; First Aid, RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol), Food Handling, Introduction to Marine based terms & safety requirements, MARSS00008 - Shipboard Safety Skill Set, Introduction to Barista Skills and Communication & Conflict Resolution. There was great enthusiasm and input from local industry employers & the opportunity to visit premises and see operations in action, including Fitzroy Island Resort, The Hilton Hotel, Shangri La, Wild Thyme Restaurant, Raging Thunder and The Holiday Inn.

Making Waves Cairns 1_edited.jpg
Making Waves Cairns 2_edited.png

Tarkine Wilderness Lodge Update


Over the past 2 months, participants and mentors from both the NJL Burnie and Devonport Offices have had the opportunity to visit the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge which NJL acquired earlier this year. To date there have been 6 groups of Transition to Work (TtW) participants

that have made the trek to the Lodge. The participants and mentors were guided by Ben, who is the Tarkine Lodge Project Officer. 

Tarkine Update.jpg

A number of those participants who have been involved in these excursions have been experiencing difficult, turbulent times in their personal lives. Being given the opportunity to take part in these visits has allowed them to take some time out from their day to day lives

and focus on themselves in the natural environment around them. These groups have had the chance to explore the Tarkine Lodge, and the surrounding property, visit Mother Myrtle, learn about the history of the property, and the flora and fauna that can be found there. One group were especially lucky, in that their visit to the Lodge coincided with the visit of some special guests. Bob Brown, founder of the Bob Brown Foundation, Sarah Hanson Young, South Australian Senator for the Greens Party, and Ben Oakhurst, from Bridging the Gap, arrived via helicopter, providing our participants and TtW mentor Zoe, with a chance to look around, climb in, and take photos of the helicopter. To top off the day, they were all surprised when offered the opportunity to take a scenic flight over the property, seeing it from a point of view that very few will have the chance to see. As you can imagine, the three young men involved in this visit had a fantastic experience that they are unlikely to forget.  

Tarkine Update 1.jpg
Tarkine Update 2.jpg

City Mission Worry Monsters - Launceston

Our Launceston Employability Skills Training (EST) participants had a lot of fun planning, designing, and creating their project of Worry Monsters. Some of them learnt to sew for the first time. Partnering with City Mission and Inside Out 4 Kids (IO4K), we were able to have guest speakers come and talk to the participants about the 'Understanding Worry Program' that City Mission run. Sarai from The Mish and Kate from IO4K were thrilled with the results and blown away by the creativity, dedication and hard work demonstrated by our participants

City Mission Worry Monsters.jpg
City Mission Worry Monsters 1.jpg

The Worry Monsters that were made support young people aged 7-12 years old who are in the ‘Understanding Worry Program'. These children experience patterns of anxiety which may be impacting on their activities of daily living. Each Worry Monster that was made has a written 'Worry' attached to it, for example; ‘Going to the Dentist’ or ‘Saying goodbye at school drop off’. The program aims to improve awareness of the connection between the brain through thought processes and emotions. NJL participants were delighted to be able to make these worry monsters and help improve a child’s anxiety.  

Culture Connect - Cairns

So, the adventure begins... Culture Connect Cairns kicks off. Culture Connect is a community work skills project funded by Skilling Queenslanders for Work and is proudly led by National Joblink. Community work skills offer tailored assistance to Queenslanders to gain nationally recognised skills and vocational 

Culture Connect 2.png

qualifications up to a Certificate III level. With excitement in the air, the Culture Connect students and NJL staff commenced with a meet and greet at NJL’s busy city restaurant, Wild Thyme. Each of the students came with an amazing life journey and a love of food, culture, and laughter. This team shared a connection instantly, sharing ideas and stories. Our Culture Connect crew will be actively taking part in supporting charity organisations through, Feeding Our Community Ourselves Kitchen (FOCO Kitchen); creating ‘Food with Friends Multi-Cultural Evenings’.

Here they launched their Legacy Charity Recipe Book as well as plan and prepare authentic meals that infuse their cultural flavours. All of this while completing a Certificate II in Hospitality and much more!
Our aim is to give a hands-on approach to training that builds skills, knowledge, confidence, and changes lives in our community with support and through exploring employment opportunities.
For further information about Culture Connect, and information on how you can enroll or contribute to the program, please contact Jacinta Tam on 0459 136 356 or via email at

Culture Connect 3.png
Culture Connect 1.png

NJL's Job Fair - Darwin

On the 13th of May 2021, National Joblink Darwin engaged in a job fair at our Casuarina office, specifically aimed at our hospitality and tourism sector. NJL promoted this event on Facebook to the Jobs in Darwin NT page which has 56,000 members and we received messages from businesses wanting to join in on the event.
NJL engaged 20 businesses who agreed to attend the Jobs Fair, these businesses took job applications from Job Seekers, did on the spot interviews, and provided information about current, future, and potential positions as we enter the dry season. NJL had over 100 people walk through the office including NJL’s program participants who are currently engaged in Career Transition Assistance (CTA), ParentsNext (PN) and Employability Skills Training (EST) along with other job seekers linked with local Job Actives. NJL supplied a digital room to complete live resume updates, application letters and job seekers were able to have these printed and apply for job positions whilst at the jobs Fair. Group Training Northern Territory (GTNT) signed up 15 applicants to apprenticeships in the office on the day. NJL was congratulated by the attending businesses for facilitating the Jobs Fairs and our ongoing passion to linking local people to local opportunities. It was an incredible turn out, the feedback presented so far from vendors is job trials have been occurring and employment opportunities have been filled. We had the support of businesses including McDonald's, Mercure Airport Hotel, Double Tree Hilton, Hilton, The Precinct, Apollo, Blue Taxi’s, Air North, Silks, Darwin Turf Club, Cyclone Cleaners, Corestaff, Saltbush, Bella Pasta, Ventia, GTNT, Wharf One, Buslink and Darwin Convention Centre. NJL have no doubt that we will continue to receive further success stories of our own job seekers who have gained employment.

Jobs Fair Darwin 2.png
Jobs Fair Darwin 1.png

Tasmanian Job Ready Fund

As a new Job Ready Fund was beginning to be introduced, NJL was approached by the Tasmanian Minister of Skills, Training and Workforce Growth Sarah Courtney. Minister Sarah Courtney requested that a member of NJL and a current Transition to Work (TTW) participant be involved in the media release for the Job Ready Fund. This fund means that eligible Tasmanian job seekers will be given up to $500 to help them buy any essentials they will

Tas Job Fund.png

need to start work, such as accreditation's, protective clothing, or tools. Within this valuable experience, NJL and the participant were able to have wonderful discussions with Minister Sarah Courtney about the importance of all job seekers having equal opportunities to gain successful employment. Everyone involved was interviewed by Channel 7 News and posed for Media Material to be published within local newspapers. The image pictured is of a TTW participant, an NJL staff member, Minister Sarah Courtney, and Owner of Hudson’s Civil Production Michael Hudson. This was posted on Tasmania Premier, Peter Gutwein’s Facebook page.

Homelessness Matters Day.png

Youth Homelessness Matters Day - Darwin​

National Youth Homelessness Matters Day was held on the 21st of April in Darwin this year and was hosted by Anglicare NT and City of Darwin Council. Couch surfing races celebrated the resilience of young people affected by homelessness. NJL’s Employability Skills Training (EST) group partook in 

the couch surfing event as their Enterprise Learning Project. The team sourced a free couch, donated from a local business that they could decorate. The EST participants eagerly got together to create a flyer to give to local businesses asking for donations of paint and anything creative to decorate the couch. The participants received a whole bucket of mixed paint, paint brushes and glitter to decorate. The group named themselves the ‘Spiky Cheeseburga’s and thought to decorate the couch as one large cheeseburger. Through their networking, a local lady found out about the cause that the participants were engaging in and printed special cheeseburger shirts for the team to wear on race day. The cheeseburger on the t-shirts was designed by one of the participants who still to this day wears the shirt with pride. Although the Spiky Cheeseburga’s did not win the race, they showed determination, perseverance, and overall great teamwork engaging with the community.

1000 Hearts Project - Launceston, Tasmania

Transition to Work (TTW) participants took part in the 1000 hearts project which is a kindness project evolved in Tasmania offering a symbol of compassion and care through handmade pocket hearts. Participants were taught and supported in how to cut out material using a template, sew, decorate, and package the hearts. The group had discussions about what community organisation they would like to donate them to, and they decided ‘JCP Empowering Youth’ would benefit from receiving a pack of them. TTW Participants met up with Will Smith from JCP and he spoke about the work they do with kids promoting leadership, promotion, and self-belief. TTW participants donated the hearts to Will, and he said these would be used in conjunction with letters that unknown youths write to other youths to promote kindness. This activity promoted self-confidence and social skills for participants and has encouraged them to think about their next community engagement project.

1000 Hearts3.png
1000 Hearts1.png
1000 Hearts2.png

The Tarkine Wilderness Lodge

National Joblink's Newest Investment

National Joblink (NJL) are pleased to announce the purchase of the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge in Meunna, Tasmania.  The Lodge allows NJL to explore even more opportunities to help grow and develop youth.  NJL will be developing activities with a focus on participants in our current contracts, Transition to Work, Employability Skills Training, ParentsNext and Career Transition Assistance but we have plans for the Lodge to be inclusive of the community.

The Lodge, constructed in 2003, is based on 100 acres nestled on the edge of the majestic wilderness named ‘The Tarkine’.  The Tarkine is the second largest tract of temperate rainforest in the world and is home to many varieties of natural vegetation and wildlife. This exceptional environment is conducive to serenity and activity. 

NJL have plans to visit local community groups and schools to seek feedback about how best the Lodge can service the region. NJL want to share this unique experience and we have plans to develop further activities to assist with increasing confidence and self-esteem.  Some of the planned activities are retreats for those in need, obstacle courses, orienteering and wellness activities.  We also plan to teach youth how to grow food which can be delivered to those in need, as well as contacting local apiarists to teach honey farming and offer the use of the property for producing honey. 

Tarkine 4.jpg
Tarkine 1.jpg
Tarkine 2.jpg
Tarkine 3.jpg