Many Tasmanian jobseekers find it difficult to connect with meaningful and stable employment while at the same time a range of growing industries are looking for staff but are not always able to fill positions.
The Community Innovation and Investment Project (CIIP) combines community consultation with contemporary and emerging public policy research and evidence to find solutions to local issues such as economic participation by working with those who know their communities best; the people who live there.
Local people understand their communities and what will make a difference, but they don’t always have the resources to create the change they want and need.
The CIIP accesses ‘Emerging Voices’ training, helping community members to unlock their individual capacity to create and achieve the changes they need and desire. The CIIP framework encourages creative thinking and design of community based solutions to employment barriers within communities. This program is focused on building community capacity to take advantage of employment opportunities and outcomes, using a co-design framework to deliver an innovative and collaborative approach to facilitate social change.
The project has begun in the communities of South East Tasmania and the Derwent Valley and will soon take its initial steps to begin work with Tasmania’s East Coast and West Coast communities.
Project regions are selected based on population size and demographic, geographical isolation, persistently higher levels of unemployment, employment opportunities and employee demand and transport options.
By connecting with these communities, facilitating conversations and sharing in the decision-making, we are working together to reduce employment inequality and disadvantage in our State.
The Community Innovation and Investment Project (CIIP) is a new collaborative approach between TasCOSS, Tasmanian communities, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI), Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPaC) and Department of State Growth (DSG). It is a partnership designed to support community voice and community change.