Forklift ticket to future
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.”
Cr Bruce Clarke, Jesse Bray, Khalen Pitura, Willington Pearson, Demerruss Hart and Cr David Carey