Youth look­ing for work

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS WELCOME - Alina Rylko alina.rylko@north­ern­star.com.au

AN EX­CIT­ING new job train­ing pro­gram link­ing lo­cal un­em­ployed youth with Tweed busi­nesses is afoot.

Six­teen ea­ger par­tic­i­pants have al­ready signed up to Com­mu­nity Con­nec­tions, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Cabarita Youth Ser­vice (CYS), CON­NECT North­ern Rivers and Kingscliff TAFE.

The pro­gram aims to help youth “dis­en­gaged with school or work, and fed up sit­ting around” to help find a ca­reer path into sus­tain­able and, ul­ti­mately, paid em­ploy­ment.

So far, job seek­ers have in­di­cated they are keen to do work ex­pe­ri­ence in hair­dress­ing, hos­pi­tal­ity, sound en­gi­neer­ing, make-up trades, IT, child­care and ma­rine bi­ol­ogy in­dus­tries.

Tweed Shire coun­cil­lor James Owen is pro­mot­ing the pro­gram, call­ing on po­ten­tial host em­ploy­ers to get in­volved.

Estab­lished small and large en­ter­prises are be­ing en­cour­aged to take on the par­tic­i­pants, aged 15 to 20, in an un­paid work ex­pe­ri­ence ca­pac­ity.

“This is an ini­tial pi­lot pro­gram, and if it is suc­cess­ful we will ex­pand it, so we re­ally need busi­nesses to come for­ward,” Cr Owen said.

“Lo­cal busi­ness own­ers will get an enor­mous sense of wellbeing for help­ing out our young peo­ple, who will in turn have an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their skills, show their loy­alty and pas­sion.”

It took the for­mer Syd­ney North­ern Beaches pro­fes­sional a year to find Tweed-based work, when he moved to the area two years ago.

“I know how hard it can be for young peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly those that don’t fit in the ‘nor­mal ed­u­ca­tion’ box, or those that strug­gle at school.”

“It was pretty daunt­ing for me.”

Par­tic­i­pants are ex­pected to spend at least 10 hours a week, over 10 weeks, with a host em­ployer to get prac­ti­cal, hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence and men­tor­ing.

Par­tic­i­pants will also at­tend Tafe NSW Kingscliff once a week for six weeks to earn a train­ing cer­tifi­cate.

The cer­tifi­cate pro­vides par­tic­i­pants with prac­ti­cal skills in cus­tomer ser­vice, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and work­place safety.

Any­one in­ter­ested is urged to contact Cabarita Youth Ser­vice so­cial worker Chris Hitch­cock on

0423 872 870.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

JOB SEEK­ERS: This year’s Com­mu­nity Con­nec­tions pro­gram has al­ready had 16 youth sign up.

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