Official opening - The Warehouse
Delivering youth centred services in the Northern corridor for over 30 years our mission is to provide young people with professional services that increase community participation and enhance wellbeing. Since 2002, we have been providing Community Based Courses and are now one of the lead providers of appropriate alternative education in WA delivered through our Comet CaRE Schools, Youth Futures Community School and Anchor Point program; all registered with the Department of Education. Today, with Futures Education and Training we're an established RTO with 10 education sites and programs and plans to open an additional site in 2020; reacting to the needs of WA’s young people.
Believing that education is the key to opportunity, we understands that mainstream school isn’t for everyone and that every person's path to success is unique. We offer young people a flexible and supportive environment to complete their studies with an approach that is tailored to the individual need of each student with a variety of study options and support. The young people attending our education programs have faced many barriers to education including bullying, mental health challenges, learning difficulties and homelessness, to name just a few, so this access to education is vital for their future. Supporting over 1000 young people through education since 2015 we have some great outcomes seeing student attendance increase from below 20% before enrolment to an average of 88% at our programs. We can also report, on average, that 76-78% of students transition into further education, training or employment after our education programs.
As you can imagine a service with these outcomes has a high demand. The Anchor Point Heathridge program, launched in 2015, run at the City of Joondalup youth centre (Anchors Youth Centre), has consistently been at capacity without the need to advertise (current capacity is 23 students) and in 2018 had an average of 11 students on the waiting list. In order to cater to the demand and to develop the program delivery, the program needed to relocate to a larger venue. Last year, a purpose designed space was identified that would enable the program to be delivered to the growing population of young people particularly those who experience a range of difficulties in their lives.
With some generous funding from Lotterywest and other supporters the building was able to be fitted out into the perfect space and this August Hon. Sue Ellery (Minister for Education and Training) officially opened The Warehouse, in Joondalup the new home of Anchor Point Heathridge.
Our staff and students are excited to get into their new space and as a community we're excited to see who we can assist by hosting them at the Warehouse. For more information get in touch email@example.com