Leaving school can be an uncertain time in a young person’s life, with many options moving into post school life.
Local NDIS provider Job Centre Australia Choice and Control is taking a practical approach to make the transition from school to working life, easier.
“We recognise that work is the best way to gain confidence and independence, and the earlier that young adults start on this journey, the better,” Job Centre Australia’s Nicki Lihou said.
“Job Centre Australia offers opportunities to sample a real range of work experiences, enabling informed choice around employment pathways as well as providing exposure to a real working environment.”
As a part of the School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) package, Job Centre provides pre-employment training to prepare each participant for the application and interview process, through to gaining and maintaining employment.
The Charlestown SLES participants have been taking part in a number of work site visits and welcoming speakers inhouse from a range of industries to a present a “day in the life of” work taster.
“We were lucky enough to have the crew from Tingira Heights Fire and Rescue Brigade visit recently,” Nicki said Nicki.
“The crew volunteered their time to share their experience on what it is like to work in a fire station, the role of a firefighter, the training they had to undertake and how they worked towards securing their position.
“The SLES participants were really engaged, asking a lot of questions, handling some of the equipment but most importantly having fun while learning about the role of a firefighter and how they could contribute to the community in a role like this.
“Showcasing a broad range of industries, offering work experience opportunities and volunteering are all key components toward preparing for working life.”
The participants have also been taking part in in-house workshops devoted to skills training, resume writing, interview skills, work skills and computer skills.
On a personal independence level, they are working through budgeting, travel training, cooking, independent living skills, personal development, enhancing self-esteem and confidence, obtaining a learner’s permit and healthy living.
“The most popular of our supports has to be Social and Community Participation. Having the opportunity to make new friends and experience new and fun activities builds confidence in a social setting.”
To try a free taster of the SLES and Social supports with the upcoming sample program, commencing August 9 through til the end of September, call 4910 0608 or visit www.jobcentreaustralia.com.au.