Job search still frus­trat­ing

Young Mary­bor­ough job­seeker re­fuses to give up as his search for work con­tin­ues

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - Car­lie Walker car­lie.walker@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

JAYDE Wood has been search­ing for work since he fin­ished school last year.

But de­spite search­ing for al­most 12 months, so far the 18-year-old Mary­bor­ough man has had no luck.

Now the young man is chal­leng­ing the state’s politi­cians to visit the Fraser Coast ahead of the elec­tion and see for them­selves how hard it is to find work in the re­gion.

Jayde has shared his story after the Chron­i­cle re­vealed through its Fair Go for Our Kids cam­paign that young peo­ple in re­gional ar­eas were fall­ing be­hind their city coun­ter­parts, both when it comes to ed­u­ca­tion and find­ing work.

Ear­lier this year it was re­vealed that Wide Bay youth un­em­ploy­ment had hit 23.5 per cent, with young job­seek­ers con­tin­u­ing to find it dif­fi­cult to find work in the re­gion.

Jayde grad­u­ated from Mary­bor­ough Spe­cial School last year.

He has a mild vi­sion im­pair­ment and in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity, but it has never stopped him from achiev­ing his goals.

This year he is com­plet­ing the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award gold level, which means com­plet­ing a com­mu­nity project, at­tend­ing two camps and do­ing 60 hours work ex­pe­ri­ence.

Jayde was part of the Noosa Triathlon for Mary­bor­ough Spe­cial School as part of his com­mu­nity project.

He has also done work ex­pe­ri­ence at Her­vey Bay Com­mu­nity Ra­dio Sta­tion.

In ad­di­tion to com­plet­ing the Duke of Ed­in­burgh award, Jayde had also signed up to Myle­stone Em­ploy­ment and is be­ing as­sisted in his goal of find­ing work.

He loves any­thing re­lated to tech­nol­ogy and is hop­ing to find a job in the field.

But he said that upon hear­ing he had a dis­abil­ity, many po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers lost in­ter­est.

Jayde said he was con­fi­dent politi­cians would see the chal­lenges of find­ing work if they vis­ited the Fraser Coast com­mu­nity.

“They would see how hard it is to get a job for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, for peo­ple in gen­eral,” he said.

Of Jayde’s mates only two have found work since leav­ing high school, and that work is only part-time.

“The rest are look­ing,” he said.

He said many of them were as frus­trated as he is by the search for work.

Do you have a job for Jayde? Call the Chron­i­cle on 4120 1053.

PHOTO: CAR­LIE WALKER

READY FOR WORK: Mary­bor­ough’s Jayde Wood has been look­ing for a job since he fin­ished school last year.

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