On the Road to success in search of job chance
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.