Social Engine exists to transform the lives of vulnerable young people. We do this by providing practical and relevant employment experience, paid work and ongoing support through our Youth Programs.
Our main focus is to improve the lives of young people by equipping them with the practical skills, confidence and opportunities required to transition into employment. We are also passionate about helping them develop the life skills needed for long term success.
What We Do
Social Engine uses its sustainable social enterprises to provide vulnerable young people with paid work experience and employment pathways in hospitality, and logistics and warehousing.
Why We Do It
We believe every young person deserves equal opportunities in life regardless of their circumstances and that with the right support and guidance, they can be empowered into mainstream employment success.
Social Engine was born out of a desire to positively impact the lives of vulnerable young people. At the heart of Social Engine is a passion to see these young people empowered to thrive in mainstream employment. Our two founders, Mark Watt AM and Colin Stimpson, have a long history of positively supporting youth.
Mark is passionate about assisting young people reach their full potential through opportunities and relationships having worked with Australia’s youth for over 30 years. He is driven by a personal belief in the power of business to do good through balancing commercial and social purpose. As Co-Founder and founding CEO of Whitelion over a twenty-year tenure. Mark has been involved in the creation of the social enterprises that now make up Social Engine.
Colin is driven by a belief in the power of business to do good through balancing commercial and social purpose and wants to invigorate the social procurement ecosystem to create real jobs for people experiencing disadvantage in Australia. His extensive international management career in the for-profit sector is now directed at scaling up social enterprises and guiding industry and government to achieve social impact through social procurement.
In September 2019 as part of Whitelion’s ‘Focus for Impact’ report, it was decided that, in order to scale the operations and continue their social purpose of creating employment pathways for vulnerable young people, Whitelion would cease its social enterprise operations and transfer ownership of PAWS Fulfilment (est 2013) and Pouring for a Purpose (formly Wheelly Good Coffee, est 2016).
And with this, Social Engine was born!
Social Engine Today
Social Engine Australia (the trading name of PAWS Fulfilment Pty Ltd) is an independent registered Australian charity.
We are a Social Traders Australia Certified social enterprise. This connects us with more than 450 other businesses across Australia who are passionate about creating change in our world for the better and enables us to apply for Government and Philanthropic grants to see more young people empowered into employment and thrive in life.
If you’d like to learn more or find out how you can be involved in changing the lives of young people, head to our Contact Us page, or click on the link below!