On the Road to suc­cess in search of job chance

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jenny Gal­braith The cut-off date to sign up for the pro­gram is to­mor­row. For more in­for­ma­tion call 0490 555 009.

MORE than 20 young peo­ple from around the Mt Druitt area have signed up to a new course that aims to get them ready for the work­force.

The Road is a free TAFE course that runs for eight weeks for peo­ple aged 16-25 who want to get into the work­force but need help to be­come job ready.

At the end of the course, the par­tic­i­pants are guar­an­teed part-time or full-time ap­pren­tice­ships in a va­ri­ety of in­dus­tries in­clud­ing hos­pi­tal­ity, real es­tate and re­tail.

For­mer rugby league star Mark Geyer, who grew up in Wha­lan, added his weight to the launch of the course at Bid­will Unit­ing last Thurs­day.

Or­gan­iser Michael Mli­naric said the course was al­ready at­tract­ing a lot more in­ter­est than last year, thanks to sup­port from peo­ple such as Geyer and lo­cal busi­nesses. “We got 17 en­rol­ments on the day and we’re still get­ting calls in about the pro­gram from peo­ple want­ing come along,” he said.

“I think we were able to give the pro­gram a bit more pro­file, and hav­ing Mark Geyer in­volved sparked a bit more in­ter­est.”

Lo­cal Chris Wal­lace, who fea­tured in the SBS doc­u­men­tary Strug­gle St, com­pleted the course last year and was on hand to chat with those who came down to the launch.

Af­ter com­plet­ing the course he was em­ployed as a cleaner at Pen­rith Pan­thers.

“It started up last year and I just wanted to get ready and wanted a job,” he said.

The most im­por­tant skill Mr Wal­lace learnt dur­ing the course was in­ter­view­ing tech­niques, he said.

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