Keys to Unlocking Our Future

NELLEN’s Keys to Unlocking Our Future project targeted the specific needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) migrant and refugee young people of Wodonga over a nine-month period. The aim was to increase the collaborative response to young peoples needs as they exited year 12 and commenced job-seeking and job-creating activities.

Our Team:

  • Coordinated a series of workshops (including social enterprise training) and the delivery of collaborative and culturally appropriate information sessions for CALD young people and their families.
  • Coordinated individual guidance to prepare young people for their transition into employment.
  • Supported CALD young people as they engaged in the project, applying for jobs, establishing social enterprise initiatives, and developing agency to independently seek vocational pathways.
  • Engaged with employers who had job vacancies in local, high-demand employment sectors and had specific relevance to the individual young people engaged in the project.
  • Monitored the job application processes and the individual outcomes for each of the CALD young people engaged in the project.

The Keys to Unlocking Our Future project was funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet with the fund held by the Rural City of Wangaratta. The project was delivered from January through to November 2020.

The program began with 22 participants from the ages of 16-25 years of age and increased to 28 as the project continued.







NELLEN collaborate with local employment support stakeholders to deliver workshops that encouraged the participants to seek employment. After successfully completing a series of workshops, the young people gained meaningful and sustainable employment for themselves in various positions, including casual roles that led to full-time employment.