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

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Post Secondary Transitional Concept - An Alternate Strategy

Structured programs for young people between the ages of 16 and 24 transitioning between secondary school and work or further study, including those who may be experiencing unemployment, disengagement or underemployment, or just struggling to find their way. .

The basis of the programs originate from a Post Secondary Transitional concept (Program for Transition to work, training or study) I created two years ago,The Concept specifically designed to assist young people through the transition.

Using the core components of original (see heading) Syllabus Outline, programs can be designed to cater for young people with a range of needs, including those young people about to move into the Federal Governments new 'Youth Transition to Work' programme with the three target groups consisting of: early school leavers, disengaged young people and jobactive referrals. Programs will run for 10 weeks, five days a week and five hours per day. The rationale behind this structure is that we want the program to help the young person establish or re-establish a sense of routine and commitment, and the daily disciplines that come from having a regular schedule. This schedule will also assist us to promote behavioural change. The consistency of the program also promotes a sense of belonging, highlights and betters the need for the young person to improve their ability to self manage, and also promotes the concept of self improvement and reaffirms that they are working towards a tangible and achievable outcome. Mostly, programs will be delivered from a facility provided by you, though it may be possible to deliver from elsewhere, dependant on the availability and suitability of an alternate venue, which will also add to the cost of program delivery.

The following video presentations form the basis for my intentionally intensive approach to youth unemployment and disengagement. 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 those young people who have completed their secondary education without moving into work or study in the months following. 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.


Part One explains the facts about Youth Unemployment and Disengagement in Australia.


Part Two offers an alternate strategy for managing our young unemployed and disengaged.








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