WorkNext Services Education and Employment Program


Our successful Education and Employment Program, located in the Sagarmatha Centre, was officially launched in November 2006.  Due to this success, we needed more space and in 2009 and 2014 acquired two additional sites.

The Sagarmatha Centre is as a result of the great generosity of the South Australian community - from their financial and in-kind support of the 2004 Mt. Everest Appeal.  Sagarmatha is the Nepalese name for Mt. Everest; it means 'Goddess of the Universe'.

The Centre offers a range of varied recreational, skill development, educational and job preparation courses each week. The critical aim of the Centre is to 'educate women out of homelessness' through participation in the on-site courses offered, courses that lay down critical pathways into further education, jobs and volunteering. 

Since its inception Sagarmatha has been highly successful in encouraging clients to believe in the potential of a better future, and gives them the opportunity to make it a reality.   The positive environment that the Centre exudes encourages women to take healthy 'risks', try something new, build confidence and self-belief and move forward in life.

The Program has received much recognition for its highly successful approach to helping women re-imagine and claim a better life for themselves and for their family - through easy access to well-structured and relevant educational courses.   It was awarded the 2013 National Homelessness Services Achievement Award for 'excellence in supporting pathways to employment or education'.

A very encouraging aspect of this work has been the very pertinent 'flow-on' benefits to the children of the clients we work with, as most are mothers. Children feel very proud when their mother has succeeded in advancing her education and/or has gained a job. It allows children to 're-think' the benefits of education and the inherent value of working, and mothers are able to confirm this by what they have achieved. A wonderful 'ripple-effect'!

Another key element in the education and employment success story has been our No Barriers Program. As the name suggests, we believe in strategically addressing any barriers to jobs that might exist, for example:

  • Working Wardrobe – women choose clothes for an interview/first two weeks at work.
  • Dental Program – Health Partners and one other dentist provide free dental treatment for women. This program is vital in building self-image and giving women the freedom to smile. 
  • Ophthalmic Program – Health Partners again has been wonderful in providing eye tests and glasses free of charge to women.   Health Partners has been a most willing and generous partner of our education and employment program.
  • Adelaide Plastic Surgery Associates (APSA) - has generously agreed to remove tatoos and scars that are impeding a woman's ability to have in her life - particularly in relation to accessing a job.

If you would like to be a funding partner of this program we invite you to complete the Donations Form.