Youth em­ploy­ment fo­cus of Clarence strate­gic plan

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

CRE­AT­ING job op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple was a ma­jor fo­cus at the com­mu­nity lis­ten­ing posts held last year dur­ing the for­ma­tion of The Clarence 2027 com­mu­nity strate­gic plan.

Rec­om­men­da­tions by Clarence Val­ley res­i­dents to im­prove youth job prospects in­cluded ex­pand­ing youth men­tor­ing and trainee­ships, en­cour­ag­ing more busi­nesses to of­fer work ex­pe­ri­ence, and ex­pand­ing Tafe cour­ses of­fered lo­cally.

What a dif­fer­ence a year makes.

Tafe NSW re­cently an­nounced plans to ex­pand its reach in the Clarence Val­ley with the con­struc­tion of a Tafe NSW Con­nected Learn­ing Cen­tre in Yamba.

A range of trainee­ships and ap­pren­tice­ships were also on of­fer across the re­gion, giv­ing young peo­ple the chance to earn as they learnt.

In 2018, Clarence Val­ley Coun­cil of­fered 26 en­try-level po­si­tions pro­vid­ing train­ing in the work­place, in­clud­ing ap­pren­tice­ships, univer­sity trainee­ships, and Tafe and school­based trainee­ships.

Dakoda Mun­dine, 18, started off in a school-based trainee­ship in the HR de­part­ment at the coun­cil. She is now the coun­cil’s busi­ness sup­port trainee, work­ing with their hol­i­day parks and the sa­le­yards.

Her long-term goal is to go to univer­sity and be­come a sec­ondary school teacher.

“I think trainee­ships are re­ally good be­cause they open a lot of doors,” Ms Mun­dine said. “I wouldn’t be here with­out my trainee­ship.”

A reg­u­lar em­ployer of trainees in the Lower Clarence is Steve Smith, man­ager of the Ray­mond Lau­rie Sports Cen­tre in Yamba and Ma­clean Sports Cen­tre.

Mr Smith took on his first trainee in 2010 and now em­ploys a trainee for each of the sports cen­tres.

Mr Smith said the trainee­ships gave young peo­ple on­the-job train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence, and opened the door to sports-based ca­reers.

Jesse Turner, 18, is the cur­rent trainee at Yamba’s sports cen­tre. He started the job the day af­ter his fi­nal HSC exam last year. He also plans to go to univer­sity to work to­wards a ca­reer in the sports in­dus­try af­ter com­plet­ing his trainee­ship.

“I didn’t want to rush off to uni,” Jesse said. “I wanted time off but I didn’t want to do noth­ing, so this was good, be­cause I am mov­ing for­ward and grow­ing my work ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.