Supporting survivors of domestic violence to achieve financial independence

A new pre-apprenticeship program supporting women who have experienced domestic violence has launched in South Australia after a successful Queensland pilot.

MEGT’s Empowering Career Options SA program—delivered in partnership with TAFE SA and the Government of South Australia—will equip 30 women with fundamental workplace skills and give them the opportunity to transition into paid traineeships upon completion.

In addition to earning credits towards a Certificate III in Business Administration, participants will have access to experienced domestic violence health professionals as they’re supported into sustainable employment with local businesses.

Queensland project participants received support from counselling and psychology service Child Aware. Director Leza Sullivan says the organisation has received positive feedback from the program’s pilot, and she looks forward to achieving similar outcomes in South Australia.

“This is an innovative program breaking down barriers for these women; empowering them through education and employment and providing them with skills and confidence through counselling,” she said.

“Participants in this project can provide for themselves and their children, and report feeling a renewed sense of self-worth.”

For more information and to express your interest in taking part, visit MEGT.