VR bus takes youths to work site
A BLUE bus has travelled more than 4000 kilometres around the south-west over the past three weeks, all in the name of employment.
The enVizion van has been on a mission, alongside the National Disability Coordination Officer Program and local institutions, to help young people in rural Queensland see their potential in the workforce.
Seeing was very much meant in the literal sense, because once guests entered the bus, they were transported to workplaces across the country without having to leave town.
It has been a virtual reality experience like no other for participants in the south-west, said Virtual Reality Experience co-ordinator Pauline Johnson.
“The aim of the bus is to help people find a career pathway by experiencing different workplaces, but the most important thing we do is help figure out what to do after they visit us,” Johnson said.
“Often after they’ve been in, they’ll sidle up to us and ask ‘how do I get in to construction’ or ‘how do I get in to medical’; what we give them is the knowledge of what’s out there,” she said.
The bus travelled a long way over 21 days, including stops in places such as Blackall, Charleville and St George, before the team wrapped things up in Roma on Friday.
JOB AIM: Debbie Roscoe and Pauline Johnson at the VR Bus.