Joblink Plus was formed over 30 years ago by a group of citizens overseeing the Australian Government’s Community Youth Support Scheme initiative that operated from a modest establishment in Marius Street in Tamworth.
Beginning as a shopfront for business services, it provided resume services and employment advice for those who needed assistance to gain employment.
The organisation then evolved into Tamworth and District Training Services. It was during this time that the organisation was directly involved in major projects to contribute to the wider Tamworth community , such as various Skillshare initiatives.
The biggest shift for the organisation was the move from training to job placement and employment services, which was brought about by the privatisation of the Commonwealth Employment Service in 1998. With this change came the name Joblink Plus.
Between 1998 and 2008, Joblink Plus continued to grow in size and the amount of services provided to the community, from employment, welfare and youth programs. Following the Australian Government’s Job Services Australia tender process in 2008-2009, Joblink Plus doubled in size and scope, and covered about 47 per cent of NSW.
During this period Joblink Plus also moved back into the structured training landscape by establishing Joblink Plus Training, a Registered Training Organisation delivering over 25 nationally recognised qualifications. In 2010, Joblink Plus completed their $3 million state-of-the-art training facility in Tamworth.
In 2012 Joblink Plus was successful in tendering to deliver Disability Employment Services (DES), and established "e-Link", a self-funded initiative to recycle electronic waste and provide long term unemployed clients with on the job training and industry recognised qualifications.
July 1, 2015 brought the start of a new 5 year contract with the Department of Employment. jobactive is an Australian Government initiative that aims to re-engage job seekers with providers and provide communities with new employment solutions. We have expanded south into Central West, with sites in Orange, Parkes, Bathurst Forbes and more. We are also as far west as Broken Hill, where we offer jobactive and DES. Our connection to Tamworth remains strong with the establishment of SEE Change Cafe located in the Tamworth Regional Youth Centre (The Youthie). Joblink Plus is a consortium member of The Youthie and provides accessible services in a tailored environment.
Joblink Plus is now a truly diverse organisation on a large-scale. We remain committed to providing local, tailored and dedicated employment services and solutions to every community that we’re part of.