The Community Innovation and Investment Project (CIIP) is a collaborative approach between TasCOSS, Tasmanian communities, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) and the State Government. A partnership enabling community voice and community change across four Tasmanian communities: Derwent Valley, South East, Break O’Day and West Coast. TasCOSS’s role in the project has now concluded with all four communities having identified and begun/continuing to implement their co-designed projects.
The Derwent Valley Journey to Jobs project is focused on supporting those job seekers with the most barriers to become closer to job ready. The South East Employment Hub is connecting with job seekers and providing them with the support they need including linking them into available employment, training or other local services appropriate. The model has been hailed a great success and a locally-adapted version of the South East Hub was announced by the State Government for Glenorchy in early March 2020. The Break O’Day community is implementing the Break O’ Day Employment Project managed by Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House and a steering committee. The overarching aim of the project is to connect an increased number of job seekers with employers for sustainable employment across the Break O’ Day region.
At a deeper level there is a much greater gain to be achieved; embedding new, sustainable, scalable local capability and engagement in a whole of community approach to strengthening community cohesion. The project will develop genuine connections between all relevant stakeholders including, education, training providers, service providers, community organisation, business and industry enabling a flourishing community with high employment levels. The West Coast community implemented The Pathway Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship program is to support local people looking for work or who are attempting to complete education to access pathways that provide the skills, knowledge, experience, financial support and connections to find or build local careers. Implementation is being headed by West Coast Council.