Boot camp works great for training
HANDS-0N WAY TO BUILD SKILLS
ONE man wants to make Struggle Street a distant memory with a revolutionary way to get young people job ready.
Productivity Boot Camp, based at Mt Druitt, is transforming the lives of young people by providing handson training in the construction industry.
Paul Breen developed the program, which teaches basic skills in a simulated construction site, in a way he believes taps into how this generation wants to be taught.
“We’ve created an outdoor environment because it’s becoming very clear that training in the classroom doesn’t suit everyone,” he said.
The second group of trainees graduated last Friday, and the changes in the men over the course were remarkable, Mr Breen said.
“I do understand why employers are frustrated with the attitudes of the young generation,” he said.
“When these young men started this course, first they would test you, but when you see the transformation after eight weeks it’s really incredible.”
Along with teaching practical skills, the participants are also taught about safety in the workplace and complete a warm-up stretching program to reduce the risk of injury.
Mr Breen also introduced benchmarking scores so the participants compete against their own times in a bid to improve work ethic.
“The day flies. They’re not looking at their watches to see if it’s time to go home, they’re looking at their watches to see their benchmarking score,” he said. “That’s what I call results. Mr Breen self-funded the pilot program and partnered with job training charity 2realise, which helps the participants with job placements.
The program could be replicated across the country to help people in all communities gain the skills needed to secure a job and build up the nation, he said.
Federal Minister for Human Services Marise Payne said the boot camp was stealing her Centrelink customers.
“I’ve seen good intentions that you couldn’t climb over or step over but I’ve never seen results and outcomes like these,” Ms Payne said.
“It really takes enormous commitment, it takes passion, it takes self-belief, it takes drive.”