Don't Leave Home Without One!
A Home Leaver's Survival Guide.


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"This book should be gifted by government to every Aussie youngster about to leave school. A quintessential component of every Australian household, school and library."
- The Adelaide Advertiser - Geoff Roach

"This book covers everything from cooking to setting up bank accounts, to even the new IR laws. Mea culpa - I actually boiled sausage rolls rather than putting them in the oven when I first moved out of home!"
- 612 ABC Radio Brisbane - Madonna King

"It's a really useful tool for anyone wanting to leave home - I reckon you've covered pretty well everything."
- 891 ABC Radio Adelaide - Spence Denny

"Dennis Bills, a former teacher and school camp leader, knows a thing or two about mentoring the young." - Notebook Magazine

"I'm going through the book and there's all sorts of great things in here. It's written in our language about our society. This book is going to fill a gap." - 774 ABC Radio Melbourne - Richard Stubbs

"A lot of parents say to me, "I think I'm going to buy this book and give (the kids) a hint to leave home!" Congratulations on the book." - Susie Eleman - 'Susie' WIN-TV

"Leaving home...it's harder than you think. You don't leave anything out, it's a VERY useful book. Congratulations on it." - 936 ABC Radio Hobart - Christopher Lawrence

Program for Transition to Work, Study or Training...

... a program for young people between the ages of 15 and 21 transitioning between secondary school and work or further study, including those experiencing unemployment, disengagement or underemployment, or just struggling to find their way.

The basis of the programs originates from a book I wrote almost eight years ago and a Post Secondary Transitional concept I put together more than three years ago, see - The Concept ..... see - Youth Unemployment and Disengagement Video Presentation. The bottom line is we need to keep looking for better ways to assist young people through this period of transition.

The core components of my original Syllabus Outline have specific relevance for those young people taking part in the Federal Governments 'Transition to Work' strategy, including early school leavers, disengaged young people and jobactive referrals.

What I offer is a collegiate approach to learning the fundamentals of work related proficiencies and self management strategies, providing a support base for participants as they ready themselves for work, study or training.

What I sought to create was a no nonsense, common sense approach to an old problem, and I did this by taking a 'school of hard knocks' approach to the issue, whereby we seek to prepare young people in advance for many of life's anomalies, and show them ways to absorb many of the bumps, using strategies in resilience and adaptability and self worth (not self esteem...there is a difference).

Here's an outline of the program.

* It runs for 10 weeks, five days a week and five hours per day. (Usually 9am to 2pm)
* Each ten week intake is scheduled to run parallel to the four school terms.
* We can deliver it from your place, or we can organise something nearby
* We take 25 young people at a time.
* All sessions are structured, with high levels of client participation and input.
* Each participant will receive a compendium of vital information that accumulates as the program proceeds.
* Our approach is intentionally rigorous and upbeat. Attendance is compulsory.
* Each major area of learning has a range of modules.
* The program runs to a timetable, and rotates through each of the areas of learning.

Our aim for each participant is that we prepare them for:
* Placement in work (or return to work)
* Placement in further education or training (or return to education or training)
* Placement in volunteerism
* Or a combination (minimum of 30 hours per week)

The program focuses on four major strands of learning, preparation and practice.
They are:
1) Life Skills, Living Skills and Self Management
2) Work related Proficiencies (including Soft Skills)
3) Personal Improvement
4) Health and Wellbeing

Each successful participant will receive a Certificate of Achievement, and will be permitted to use us as a referee, whereby we will not only verify their participation in the program, we'll give any potential employer a concise outline of the program, including its intensity and purpose, and where possible, we'll also speak in the participants favour.

The program is best suited to those young people who are on the cusp of work or study readiness, but need more information, a shot of adrenaline and a confidence boost. It's also best suited to those young people who have identified their own need for self improvement, and are prepared to commit to a process of self betterment.

The program also seeks to take into account those young people who may be struggling to complete, or are at risk of dropping out of university, apprenticeships, traineeships or other forms of work or study.

It's not rehabilitative, it's not designed to 'fix' people and it's not a program for people with significant social, learning or dependency barriers. For these young people there are a range of other more specialised programs that better cater for their more specific needs. This is a program for those whose aspirations may have been dampened, or those in need of some fine tuning and further education in regard to the ways of the world.

We also want the program to help the young person establish or re-establish their sense of routine and commitment, and the daily disciplines that come from having a regular schedule. This schedule also assists us to promote behavioural change. We also think it's important that the program promotes a sense of belonging, highlights and betters the need for the young person to improve their ability to self manage and improve as they work towards becoming a permanent fixture in the working world.

For more information about the program, including per head prices, a more detailed breakdown of syllabus, modules, timetables etc, please email me at dennis@life-skills.com.au or call me on 0439023158. See Contact Thanks for looking and good -luck.

The basis for my approach

The following video presentations form the basis for my intentionally intensive approach to youth unemployment and disengagement. It was recorded almost 12 months prior to the release of the Federal Governments Transition to Work Program. The first video addresses many of the facts surrounding the issue of youth unemployment and disengagement in Australia, while the second outlines my alternate approach to tackling the issue.

In this instance the aim was to engage young people who have completed their secondary education but have not moved into work, training or study. The objective was to deliver the program using a Post Secondary Transitional Concept delivered from TAFE campuses across the country, with participants completing a Certificate III in Transitional Education, including a subsidised post program placement in work, study or volunteerism.

I originally designed this program concept in 2012 to be delivered from TAFE as a Cert III. This was also the format I suggested when I presented the concept to Government. At the time it was obvious that something had to be done to address the general levels of preparedness of young people for work, training or study. This was my contribution to the cause. In the time since the Federal Government has introduced their Transition to Work concept, and are now in the process of rolling it out across the country.

Part One: The Facts Youth Unemployment and Disengagement in Australia 2015.



Part Two: An Alternate Strategy Youth Unemployment and Disengagement in Australia 2015.







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