Education & Employment

Reducing education and economic inequality.
Education & Employment grants in 2019/2020 financial year:
Total: $1.567 million
Education & Employment grants in 2019/2020 financial year:
Total: $1.567 million

About

Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation is committed to reducing place-based education and economic inequality.

Despite almost three decades of uninterrupted economic growth, Greater Melbourne has pockets of entrenched socio-economic disadvantage. Where you live affects your education and job opportunities.

There is great need to further develop our education and training systems to meet the changing nature of work and the influence of globalisation, technology and climate change.

We support project and policy responses that empower our most disadvantaged communities to increase work readiness and economic inclusion.

The Education & Employment Impact Area aligns with these United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:

1. No Poverty 4. Quality Education 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure 10. Reduced Inequality

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Outcomes

1. Reduced current and emerging skills and capabilities gaps to improve life and work readiness.

Where someone goes to school can affect the quality of their education and life opportunities.

A recent study of NAPLAN results shows Melbourne’s disadvantaged suburbs are dominated by schools ranked below average. Disadvantaged schools have larger teaching shortages, fewer educational materials and offer a smaller curriculum.

Additionally, current education and training systems are not delivering the skills and capabilities needed to navigate complex work futures in the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, where the boundaries between physical, digital and biological worlds are blurring.

A place-based, collaborative approach is essential to ensuring younger and older people gain relevant skills, competencies and experience to participate in meaningful and secure work.

The Foundation focuses on the potential for technology and education practice to unlock opportunity and reduce inequality.

The Foundation’s support is focused on:

  • Projects and initiatives that prioritise 21st-century skills and capabilities.
  • Demonstration projects of wrap-around support that creates clear senior secondary school pathways and career exposure, particularly to emerging industries.
  • Community collaborations and industry partnerships for better school-work transitions.
  • Research to better understand the issues and inform policy advocacy that addresses the root causes and drivers of education inequality.

The Foundation will consider other activities that address this outcome.

2. Increased economic inclusion, resilience and workforce adaptability.

The most vulnerable members of our community often face multiple barriers to economic inclusion.

Where someone grows up influences their job and potential income. Lower skill workers tend to live in more disadvantaged suburbs.

Globalisation, technology and climate change are also rapidly changing the nature of work, placing economic security at risk, particularly for lower-skilled workers.

In response, the Foundation focuses on the opportunities presented by emerging transition industries and economic models and systems.

The Foundation’s support is focused on:

  • Training pathways and job creation, including social enterprises.
  • New models and systems that enable greater economic inclusion and resilience.
  • Community collaborations focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and emerging industries.
  • Research to better understand the issues and inform policy and advocacy that address the root causes and drivers of economic inequality.

The Foundation will consider other activities that address this outcome.

Where someone goes to school can affect the quality of their education and life opportunities.

A recent study of NAPLAN results shows Melbourne’s disadvantaged suburbs are dominated by schools ranked below average. Disadvantaged schools have larger teaching shortages, fewer educational materials and offer a smaller curriculum.

Additionally, current education and training systems are not delivering the skills and capabilities needed to navigate complex work futures in the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, where the boundaries between physical, digital and biological worlds are blurring.

A place-based, collaborative approach is essential to ensuring younger and older people gain relevant skills, competencies and experience to participate in meaningful and secure work.

The Foundation focuses on the potential for technology and education practice to unlock opportunity and reduce inequality.

The Foundation’s support is focused on:

  • Projects and initiatives that prioritise 21st-century skills and capabilities.
  • Demonstration projects of wrap-around support that creates clear senior secondary school pathways and career exposure, particularly to emerging industries.
  • Community collaborations and industry partnerships for better school-work transitions.
  • Research to better understand the issues and inform policy advocacy that addresses the root causes and drivers of education inequality.

The Foundation will consider other activities that address this outcome.

The most vulnerable members of our community often face multiple barriers to economic inclusion.

Where someone grows up influences their job and potential income. Lower skill workers tend to live in more disadvantaged suburbs.

Globalisation, technology and climate change are also rapidly changing the nature of work, placing economic security at risk, particularly for lower-skilled workers.

In response, the Foundation focuses on the opportunities presented by emerging transition industries and economic models and systems.

The Foundation’s support is focused on:

  • Training pathways and job creation, including social enterprises.
  • New models and systems that enable greater economic inclusion and resilience.
  • Community collaborations focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and emerging industries.
  • Research to better understand the issues and inform policy and advocacy that address the root causes and drivers of economic inequality.

The Foundation will consider other activities that address this outcome.



Recent grants

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Amplifying voices for community-led solutions
Centre for Australian Progress Ltd
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$68,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2019/2020
 
2. Increased economic inclusion, resilience and workforce adaptability.
 


Sustainable development goals
4. Quality Education 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 10. Reduced Inequality
Co-designing an Australian Youth Guarantee
Per Capita Australia Limited
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$50,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2019/2020
 
2. Increased economic inclusion, resilience and workforce adaptability.


Sustainable development goals
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 10. Reduced Inequality
COVID19 A Moving Feast
STREAT Limited
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$100,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2019/2020
 
2. Increased economic inclusion, resilience and workforce adaptability.
 


Sustainable development goals
5. Gender Equality 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 10. Reduced Inequality
WISE Work Connections: Staying Ahead of the Curve
WISE Employment
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$110,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2019/2020
 
2. Increased economic inclusion, resilience and workforce adaptability.


Sustainable development goals
10. Reduced Inequality 4. Quality Education
Lively Home Care: Scaling an innovative model of intergenerational care
Lively Community Ltd
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$207,327
Grant Type
Scaling-up Innovation
Year
2019/2020
 
2. Increased economic inclusion, resilience and workforce adaptability.
 


Sustainable development goals
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

Collaborate with us

Does your organisation's work align with the Education & Employment Impact Area? Speak to:
Stephen Torsi
Program Manager - Education & Employment