Pro­gram builds con­fi­dence

The Tatura Guardian - - Community - By Tara Whitsed

A group of ea­ger stu­dents have com­pleted Tatura Com­mu­nity House’s nine­week vo­ca­tional train­ing pro­gram — Skills at Tat.

Tatura Com­mu­nity House man­ager Leeane But­ton said the pro­gram had been suc­cess­ful.

‘‘It’s helped to build their con­fi­dence and im­prove their em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills,’’ Ms But­ton said.

She said the pro­gram was funded through the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Learn Lo­cal adult ed­u­ca­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion and in­volved face-to­face class­room and ex­ter­nal train­ing.

‘‘It’s a step­ping stone into other ca­reer path­ways,’’ Ms But­ton said.

‘‘All of the par­tic­i­pants are look­ing to get into fur­ther stud­ies as well.’’

And af­ter tak­ing part in the pro­gram, the par­tici- pants are each un­der­go­ing dif­fer­ent vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘‘Nola will be help­ing with com­mu­nity meals in Mooroopna,’’ Ms But­ton said.

‘‘Nina has be­come the project leader of the Com­mu­nity House’s Monster Garage Sale.

‘‘Reid and Heather are tak­ing part in vol­un­teer gar­den­ing and Ju­lia will vol­un­teer at the child care cen­tre here in Tatura.’’

Ms But­ton said as part of the pro­gram, the par­tic­i­pants also com­pleted var­i­ous cer­tifi­cates in­clud­ing food handling, first aid and some even tak­ing part in a men­tal health first aid course.

‘‘Above all else, they made great friend­ships and gave sup­port to one an­other through­out the course,’’ she said.

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