Profile

Mission:

BREED is committed to providing experiences that strengthen a person’s employment opportunities.

Vision:

BREED’s vision is to enhance, influence and transform skills and attitudes and to act as the primary conduit between people and business.

Objectives:

The BREED had a unique opportunity to investigate initiatives that would not normally attract government funding, to:

  • To work with Industry, Union (employee), Community, Commonwealth, State and Local Governments to provide an effective and efficient delivery of employment, education and training programs and services;
  • provide for students and those starting out in business experiences to strengthen the persons employment and business opportunities;
  • be a primary conduit between students, people, communities and business to enhance, influence and transform skills and attitudes of those looking to have a trade, profession and or business;
  •  provide services and or, offices to people or other organisations operating a business;
  • provide assistance and training to people or other organisations;
  • investigate restructuring issues in regional labour markets;
  • research and report on education, employment and economic development, particularly new enterprise and small business opportunities; and
  • organise promote and advertise the objects of the company.

About BREED

BREED was the initiative of the local community and with initial funding from the then Federal Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET) was incorporated in 1994 with the aim of stimulating economic and employment growth within the Blacktown Local Government Area.

BREED works predominantly within the youth sector to improve their year 12 attainment and their transition to post school education, training and employment, through immediate and concerted action supported by broader long term reform. In 2010 BREED secured funding to deliver the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) School Business Community Partnership Broker Program as part of the National Partnership for Youth Attainment and Transitions. This national partnership aims to increase the educational engagement and attainment of young people.

The Students’ requirements for places in Industry come from the 21 High Schools, TAFE WSI and Trade Schools that BREED services.  The students’ courses cover 14 vocational subject areas (frameworks), each requiring a mandatory work placement component for their HSC studies.

Frameworks include:  Business Services, Information Technology, Café Skills, Commercial Cookery, Entertainment, Tourism, Primary Industries, Construction, Metals and Engineering, Retail, Automotive, Financial Services, Health Services Assistance and Electro-technology.

The BREED divisions include:

  • School Business Community Partnership Broker Program
  • Work Placement Service Provider Program
  • BREED Transitioning Youth Program
  • BREED Business Centre

School Business Community Partnership Broker Program

Partnership Brokers (PB’s) broker partnerships between and among:

  • Schools
  • Business and Industry
  • Parents and Families
  • Community Groups

The objective is to support student engagement and improve education and transition outcomes by building partnerships that support improved education and transition outcomes for all young people.

Work Placement Service Program (WPSP)

Students taking NSW Higher School Certificate vocational industry curriculum framework courses are required to undertake a minimum of 35 hours’ work placement in a relevant industry setting in each of their Year 11 and Year 12 programs as part of each course.

The BREED WPSP team works with over 21 High Schools across the Blacktown Region to place over 4,000 students from 14 frameworks into local business.

Frameworks include:  Business Services, Information Technology, Café Skills, Commercial Cookery, Entertainment, Tourism, Primary Industries, Construction, Metals and Engineering, Retail, Automotive, Financial Services, Health Services Assistance and Electro-technology.

The BREED Transitioning Youth (BTY)

Most students today transition well through the education system, however, for many, and for a range of factors, other students do not do wellin the traditional classroom setting.

The BREED Transitioning Youth Program will work with school principals, career advisors, welfare and transition teams to tailor a program that will provide an achievable roadmap, resume’ and portfolio for nominated students that do not fit naturally into mainstream school life. Students will learn about their own natural abilities, increase their self-esteem, and learn about the vast range of careers and education pathways that are available to them.

BREED Business Centre (BBC)

The BREED Business Centre (previously called The Nirimba Business Centre) is a business incubator and is one of two in Western Sydney. The BREED Business Centre was established by BREED in 1997 to focus on nurturing new and developing businesses, in order that they may develop entrepreneurial skills, become self-sustaining and meet the needs of their own customer base. The BBC currently has 30 tenants and has hosted over 126 start-up or small businesses over the past 15 years.