Creating connections


Founded in 2003, The Youth Partnership, formerly known as the Southern Sydney Business Education Network (SSBEN), is a not-for-profit organisation created to help young people successfully transition from school to work or further education.

What we offer

At the heart of our service offering is the Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Program, funded by the State of NSW through the Department of Education under the Structured Workplace Learning Program and in conjunction with the schools administered by the Catholic Education Commission NSW and the Association of Independent Schools of NSW.

Our tailored range of professional development programs help students find meaningful employment, allow employers to increase their resources and provide support for teachers.

Our vision

At The Youth Partnership, we provide opportunities for students to take the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom and apply them in the real world of work.

Our vision is to be the leading organisation fostering opportunities for young people. We focus on creating connections between young people and the workforce. We aim to equip students with the best possible tools to help them stand out from the crowd.

Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s workforce; therefore, they must possess a strong foundation of job-ready skills and practical experience to build on.

Meet the team

Behind the coordination of our 6,000+ work placements every year lies an energetic team of talented individuals that combine to form The Youth Partnership.

While we regularly recognise individual success, our ability to combine our skills and work together as a team is our greatest strength. We are incredibly proud of our team, and know you’ll love working with us too!

Our journey

2003 - Our journey begins!

In 2003, our services were limited to providing Structured Workplace Learning Services to schools in the Sutherland Shire only.

2006 - We expanded our services

We introduced additional programs, including ‘Career & Transition Support’ and the ‘Adopt a School Program.’

2012 - We outgrew our office

By 2012, our services had greatly expanded and it was time to relocate from the Miranda Regional Offices. The SSBEN found a new home in the modern offices at Sutherland Public School, which provided room to expand our facilities.

2013 - We formed the SSBEN

We united with the St George Workplace Learning Partnership and formed the SSBEN.

One year later, we joined with the Sydney Business Education Partnership, expanding our work placement services beyond the Shire, to high schools across Sydney.

2015 - We broadened our horizons

We were chosen as the successful tenderer for the NSW Government mentoring initiative “Youth Frontiers”.

2015 also saw our horizons broaden, as we introduced Career Transition Services, including mock interviews and RAW Industry tours.

2020 - We became 'The Youth Partnership'!

After a strategy and planning session with the SSBEN team, we thought it was time to re-brand and align our name with our purpose and show support to our key stakeholders "Youth".

In March 2021, the SSBEN became 'The Youth Partnership'.

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