VR bus takes youths to work site

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: JORJA MCDON­NELL

JOB AIM: Deb­bie Roscoe and Pauline John­son at the VR Bus.

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