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Student Recruitment & Engagement Officer

Employer: TRY Australia
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Education & Training, HR & Employment Services, Youth, Trades & Services
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 16 January, 2019.
Applications close: No Deadline – please apply as soon as possible

  • Join an organisation that is making a difference
  • Full-time, ongoing role based in Dandenong South
  • Challenging and rewarding role for a strong administrator

This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and driven person who can recruit students into and support students throughout our innovative TRY Build program.

TRY Australia is an independent, non-denominational not-for-profit social enterprise focused on giving young people, individuals and families opportunities to reach their potential. We have approximately 400 staff and 300 volunteers.

Our social businesses and programs cover three main areas: promoting universal access to early learning and childcare, providing accredited youth mentoring and training, and creating opportunities for employment pathways.

The TRY Build Cert II Building and Construction course is one of our flagship training programs for a cohort of 25 disadvantaged young people in each four times yearly intake.

Our Cert II program is designed to upskill young people who have faced disadvantage or have otherwise been excluded from the labour market to achieve a pre-apprenticeship qualification in building and construction.

Our program also includes life skills to assist our TRY Build graduates to become employable, including self-confidence, life choices, CV writing, and we regularly have guest speakers in to share their knowledge with young people.

Graduates from our course can go onto an apprenticeship or employment in the construction industry, or can be employed directly with us through TRY Works which consists of construction labour hire, property maintenance and furniture making businesses.

About the role

Join the Enterprise team at TRY in a challenging and rewarding role supporting the TRY Build program.

You will be responsible for recruiting disadvantaged and disengaged young people into the program and supporting students throughout the program including by referring them to support networks and agencies where appropriate (e.g. homelessness, substance abuse, family violence, anger management, etc.).

Further aspects of the role include:

  • Promoting the program through community networks and pre-screening potential students to determine eligibility.
  • Assuming responsibility for the development of program ideas in life skills and personal development and ensure the efficient and effective delivery of this training.
  • Liaising with referring and support agencies including the DHHS, social workers, parents, etc.
  • Utilising networking skills to recruit suitable volunteers to mentor students throughout the course to maximise the level of successful outcomes achieved.
  • Developing the student record through Individual Learning Plans.
  • Facilitating connecting participants to industry mentoring roles.
  • Fostering a trusting and collaborative environment for students.
  • Displaying attributes of professionalism, engagement, enthusiasm, patience, positivity and innovation.

Key Selection Criteria


  • Proven experience working with young people from diverse and challenging backgrounds, who may have a history of violence, drug use, or from the criminal justice system.
  • A strong person who knows when and where to escalate or refer issues that face the cohort on a daily basis.
  • An excellent administrator and highly organised.
  • Driver’s licence as driving is required.


  • Established networks with referral and support agencies, preferably in the Dandenong region.
  • Established links with local community networks (e.g. Indigenous communities, asylum seeker networks, etc.)
  • Previous RTO experience and Certificate IV in Training & Assessment highly regarded.

TRY Australia works with children, youth and vulnerable people and requires all staff to undertake a Criminal Record Check and a Working with Children Check, prior to commencement, and maintain these throughout their employment. A person's criminal history does not automatically exclude an individual from working or volunteering at TRY.

We are a child safe and equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and from people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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