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About Y Careers?

Providing a new pipeline of young employees for the care economy 

Australia is currently facing a national shortage of workers in the care sector across child-care, disability care and aged care.

Estimates suggest the Australian care sector will need 1 million additional workers over the next 10 years.


Youth unemployment remains more than double the national average, with their disproportionate participation in the ‘gig economy’ contributing to significant underemployment.

Without innovative solutions and direct, tailored action to create a new and ongoing stream of workers, this shortage will result in the closures of critical services that our communities and Australian economy desperately need. The need is particularly acute in regional areas.

At the same time, current training and education systems do not adequately introduce or support young Australians into care careers.

The result is that young people cannot find, gain exposure to, or undertake appropriate training, work experience and jobs in the care sector.

Established as a Social Enterprise in 2022, Y Careers will help address this need by creating a pipeline of next generation workers for employers in the care industry, through a program that provides young people with:

  • A 12-month traineeships, with an option of a second year;
  • The support and coaching of a Career Coach; and
  • A choice of placements in a variety of care sector roles and organisations (while having the stability of one employer - Y Careers).

Through $15.2 million of Government establishment funding, Y Careers will build a much-needed pipeline of 15,000 young workers over the next 5 years, across the child-care, disability care and aged care sectors. 

In the future, the Y intends to extend Y Careers to other growth industries and is currently conducting a feasibility study of the Y Careers model for the Green economy, supported by the Macquarie Group Foundation, Social Ventures Australia and Y Labs.

Our model and USP

Y Careers will provide young people with a launchpad, wrap around support and an employment ecosystem over a 12-month traineeship, with an option of a second year. The aim is to equip them with a “career portfolio” of desired and relevant transferrable skills.


Our holistic support model for young people and employers includes:








Each young person will have a ‘career coach’ to provide tailored, holistic advice to help identify their needs, navigate challenges, and explore aspirations in relation to ongoing employment and education within the care sector.

Trainees will receive multiple work placements across the care economy, including early learning, outside school hours care, health and wellbeing, disability care and

aged care.

Work integrated Training and Education, offering micro-credentialing of employability and entrepreneurship skills and a Certificate III in

Individual Support.

A microenterprise Incubator Program with dedicated support for young people wishing to pursue an enterprise project opportunity.

An online app will enable job matching and a ‘one stop shop’ for all their traineeship requirements including education, training schedules, timesheets etc.

Our aim at the end of 5 years is: 


young people employed over

5 years.


placements provided to young people with employer partners across 5 years.


opportunities provided to young people throughout metro, urban and regional Australia.


whilst fostering youth entrepreneurship and innovation.


social enterprise within 2 years following the $15.2 million Australian Government establishment funding.



Our board of directors

Chair & Director


Jo Smyth


Y Careers Team

Executive Director


Business Development Manager


National Administration Manager


Recruitment Business Partner

Executive Manager Marketing & Communication

Y Australia / World YMCA Consultant


Social Media and Content Lead Coordinator


Program Delivery Manager

Executive Manager

Service Delivery


National Impact and Evaluation Manager


National Recruitment Manager


Administration Business Partner

Executive Manager

People & Culture

sANDRA Gagariga

Chief Financial Officer


Executive Manager Systems & IT


Executive Assistant & Operations Business Partner


Graphic Designer


Work Health, Safety and Wellbeing Business Partner


National Partnerships Manager


Career Coach


Project Manager



Work with us at Y Careers

Join our values-driven team and help us realise our vision of empowering young people to build successful careers and thrive in their professional lives.

At Y Careers, we are dedicated to fostering growth and development in the career paths of our team. We believe in providing a supportive environment where people can learn, collaborate, and achieve their full potential.

Employee Benefits

At Y Careers, we are committed to work-life balance and offer various benefits, including:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • Varied career progression opportunities
  • Paid parental leave
  • Meaningful work
  • Floating/flexible public holidays
  • EAP

Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging

Y Careers is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation (more below). We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community, and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Volunteer/Student Placement Opportunities

We appreciate the interest in volunteering or securing a student placement opportunity with Y Careers. For inquiries, please contact Thank you for your support.

Current Vacancies and More information

Check out current vacancies at Y Careers here

*Rolling Recruitment

Rolling recruitment means that applications are welcome and reviewed continuously, providing you the opportunity to apply at any time and be considered for available positions as they become open.

Safeguarding children and young people

Keeping young people safe is a core commitment at the Y.

This requires all employees to contribute to a safe environment, safe operations, and a safe culture at the Y.

Maintaining a safe environment requires all employees to:

  • Speak up about any safeguarding risks and/or concerns and support the continuous improvement of our spaces and safeguarding practices.
  • Champion safe environments at the Y and in communities that empower children and young people to thrive.
  • Ensure that any new program initiatives include consultation with children and young people using our Y Safeguarding guidance and resources.

Maintaining safe operations requires all employees to:

  • Maintain appropriate vetting checks, including, but not limited to, Working with Children Checks (or equivalent), National Police Check, and International Police Check (as required).
  • Participate in all safeguarding children and young people training relevant to your role.
  • Facilitate and champion safe operations to ensure Y people have the right policies, processes, and practices to keep children and young people safe.

Maintaining a safe culture requires all employees to:


  • Uphold the rights of, and always act in the best interest of, children and young people.
  • Fulfill your responsibilities under safeguarding legislation within your State and/or Territory, including declaring anything you become aware of through the course of your engagement with the Y, which a reasonable person would consider could impede your suitability or the suitability of a Y staff member or volunteer to have contact with children and young people.
  • Support your colleagues, supervisors, and/or any direct reports to understand their responsibilities under safeguarding legislation.
  • Champion appropriately open and transparent communication of safeguarding risks and concerns with the Y to inform continuous improvement.
  • Support your team to understand their safeguarding responsibilities and empower them to ask any questions if they are unsure.
  • Have a strategic understanding of safeguarding across the Y to ensure safeguarding is embedded at strategic level.


Collectively, the Y has scale across Australia and deep connections within our local communities

As a federation, we operate in more 

than 680 communities across Australia, 

across our cities and regions

We are more than 12,000 people strong 

(made up of staff and 


We offer a wide range of programs and 

services, from early learning programs for children, to meaningful employment pathways.³

We operate in more than



12,000 employees

Over 6,000 of these are

young people¹

We support young people 

across their LIFECYCLE

Source: Y Australia Community Impact Report 2023.

Our national entities

We have several national entities that support our 12 member associations, and our communities:

is the national body of the Y in Australia (formally known as the YMCA). The Y operates as a federation of 12 Member Associations in Australia, supporting 680+ communities, through the support of 12,000+ staff and volunteers. We are also one of 120 member countries that make up our World Y movement, supporting 12,000+ communities and 65+ million people world-wide. 

is a newly established wholly owned subsidiary of Y Australia, which operates as a separate legal entity, with its own board. Incorporated and registered as a charity in 2022, Y Careers will assist in developing an Australian-wide solution to youth underemployment and the shortage of skilled workers in the care economy (and over time, other essential sectors). 

provides training, policies and resources to help children and young people feel safe and be safe. See our Safeguarding Framework policies and resources here. 

exists to provide member Ys with merchandising, collective procurement purchasing, and sourcing expertise as our national service provider. 

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