Fork­lift ticket to fu­ture

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

FOR three weeks seven young men from the Moss­man Youth Cen­tre dragged them­selves out of bed at 7am to go to their fork­lift train­ing pro­gram.

They weren’t be­ing paid, their only in­cen­tive was a Cer­tifi­cate 3 in lo­gis­tics, a qual­i­fi­ca­tion that would make them el­i­gi­ble for em­ploy­ment.

De­mer­russ Hart, one of the ded­i­cated trainees said the early morn­ings took some ad­just­ing but were worth it in the end. In fact, the early morn­ings were just a taste of what’s to come for De­mer­russ who has just been of­fered a job with the Green Army thanks to his Cer­tifi­cate 3.

“Ev­ery­thing we did in the lo­gis­tics course the girl was talk­ing about it in the in­ter­view and I could say ‘Oh yeh I al­ready did that in the course that I’m do­ing now,” said De­mer­russ.

“I reckon I wouldn’t have got it if I wasn’t do­ing this.”

The pro­gram was co-or­di­ment nated by Justin Me­harry a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager with Strate­gix Train­ing Group.

Mr Me­harry was in­stru­men­tal in or­gan­is­ing Gov­ern- man­dated dis­counts, re­cruit­ing the fork­lift trainer Tony Brown and en­sur­ing the pro­gram went ahead.

“Th­ese boys paid $20 for the course. Nor­mally a fork­lift li­cence will charge about $700; a Cer­tifi­cate 3 can get any­where from $1800 up­wards,” said Mr Me­harry.

“They do their Cer­tifi­cate 3 in lo­gis­tics which in­cludes ware­hous­ing, dis­patch re­ceival, in­take, and stock take, it gives them all this stuff and we put in their fork­lift li­cence as well. “From here to the next level of em­ploy­a­bil­ity they have a ticket be­hind them, I’m sure they don’t have heaps of ex­pe­ri­ence but they’ve given it a shot.”

Youth de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor at the cen­tre Be­sarah Har­ris had tears in her eyes as she watched the boys re­ceive their ac­knowl­edg­ments.

“Only one boy missed one day out of the three weeks,” she said.

“There was al­most per­fect at­ten­dance.”

Pic­ture: MADI­SON WIL­LIAMS

Cr Bruce Clarke, Jesse Bray, Khalen Pi­tura, Willing­ton Pear­son, De­mer­russ Hart and Cr David Carey

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