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 

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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

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.

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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

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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.

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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 


Newsletter - Oct to Dec 2021

  • The Local Jobs Plan

  • Culture Connect - Cairns

  • ParentsNext Digital Literacy Skills Group

  • Enterprise Learning Project

  • Good News Stories

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  • Making Waves - Cairns

  • Cooking & Gardening - Launceston

  • Tarkine Lodge Update

  • National Tree Day

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  • 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

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  • NJL Commits to Child Safety

  • NJL's Learner Driver Training

  • Counselling Sessions Available

  • Mango Season

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  • NJL's new CEO

  • Workplace Skills Training

  • Microsoft Teams

  • Peer Support Program

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  • NJL Online

  • Seasonal Workers in W.A

  • Commercial Kitchen Helps

  • Soggy Bottom Regatta

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  • NJL Restaurant

  • Guide Dogs Tas

  • Xmas Hampers

  • NJL House

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  • NJL Trainees

  • Y Cookbook

  • EST Activity S.A

  • Whitecard Training

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  • 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

  • Participant Good News Stories


Newsletter - July to Sept 2018

  • Maningrida Recycle Program

  • NJL Adelaide

  • Cairns brews up a storm

  • Participant Good News Stories

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.

YNOT Transport Forum - Tasmania

Transition to Work (TTW) attended the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) Youth Forum with participants acting as both facilitators and participants. ‘Transport in Tasmania’ was the topic and participants were encouraged to work together in coming up with what was working, what needed change and what needed to be created. One of the topics given to be discussed was inclusivity of the use of public transport for everyone. Suggestions included increasing frequency of buses, widening the scope of bus routes, making transport free for some and the possibility of a silent bus for people with different capacities or disabilities. Increasing the safety of bus areas with better lighting and working cameras was noted as a extreme point of importance with many of the participants. Table groups then presented their ideas on the given discussion points and communicated their desire for the need to feel safer when travelling on public transport. Driver mentor programs were also discussed with the possibility of cheaper driving lessons and access to more free lessons. In attendance to hear these ideas were local politicians. This Forum was an wonderful experience for the attending TTW participants as they were able to have a voice on issues that impact them within their community. The participants left the forum with newfound confidence within group environments and discussions and are eager to be a part of the positive change that the youth of Tasmania are making.

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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.

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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. 

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Face to Face Servicing - Career Transition Assistance​

Our National Joblink’s Career Transition Assistance (CTA) Team met to discuss and plan for the return of face-to-face servicing commencing on the 19th of April in Tasmania and 22nd March in the Northern Territory.
NJL are delivering this eight-week course throughout seven sites in Australia. The CTA course is specifically designed for mature aged participants for assistance with identifying and developing transferable skills and 


to work on resilience, motivation, and digital literacy. One of the key parts of the CTA program is to develop knowledge of the local labour market and to have workplace visits and guest speakers. Our team cannot wait to support participants with their journey in a face-to-face setting.

Helping hands for the RSPCA - Darwin, NT

Darwin’s participants have been busy helping support our local RSPCA furry friend establishment. The team assisted in many team driven tasks such as cleaning the catteries, hosing out the dog kennels, making dog treats, general cleaning and one our favourite activities - playing with the kittens, puppies, dogs, and cats. The Darwin team were given the responsibility of a 14-foot shipping container that was full of donated food and toys that had unfortunately been compromised by a rodent infestation.
The team worked through the rising heat of 32 degrees with regular water and icy poles breaks. Participants cleaned out the entire 14-foot shipping container to separate donated food which included salvaging plenty of food and disposing some of the out-of-date product. The team have now been inducted and can return to support the RSPCA with volunteer work whenever they would like to; these eager participants are already booked in and ready to go back and lend a hand within the next two weeks.

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