Employment Options is a community-based not-for-profit organisation which is dedicated to providing high quality services to people in our local communities, especially to young people, jobless people, or those who are disadvantaged.
We can trace our origins back to 1975, when a group of community members got together to address the growing problem of youth unemployment in the Fleurieu region, and sponsored the Community Youth Support Scheme until 1988
In 1989, the SkillShare program was established by the Commonwealth government, and projects were set up in both Goolwa and Mt Barker by two separate organisations. Both started with nothing except some donated desks and chairs, and modest funding grants from the government.
Over the next 10 years, Hills Employment Options and the Southern Fleurieu Skills Training Program both delivered a range of programs in their respective communities, including paid, long-term work experience programs; support to establish new self-employment ventures, and environmental projects for disengaged young people as well as the training, personal support and enterprise activities of the SkillShare program.
In 1998, Job Network replaced SkillShare, and the two organisations amalgamated as Employment Options to deliver employment services through Job Network and subsequently, Job Services Australia. In 1997, we established our youth service, and have provided case management, career development support, learning programs, life skills programs, and job search assistance to disengaged and at-risk young people until the present day.
With the change to jobactive in mid-2015, Employment Options has ceased delivery of the Commonwealth Government's Employment Services. Our future contribution will be made through youth services, training programs, especially in foundation skills and for disadvantaged people, and career development services.