Train­ing leads to jobs

The Advertiser - Careers - - Skills 2012 -

RE­TAIL: INDIGE­NOUS job­seek­ers are go­ing from un­em­ploy­ment to per­ma­nent work in just 10 weeks through a unique train­ing tac­tic that has had such suc­cess it is ex­pand­ing into new in­dus­tries.

The Re­tail for the Fu­ture Indige­nous Pre-em­ploy­ment Pro­gram so far has had more than a 90 per cent suc­cess rate of job­seek­ers get­ting a job and hold­ing on to it.

It fol­lows sim­i­lar suc­cess for a pro­gram for the min­ing in­dus­try.

The Min­ing, En­ergy and En­gi­neer­ing Academy has teamed with Glob­ally Make a Dif­fer­ence and Train Me 4 Work to pro­vide train­ing spe­cific to the re­tail in­dus­try, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and a men­tor for two years.

The on­go­ing sup­port helps trainees deal with em­ploy­ment chal­lenges and helps them with ca­reer ad­vice to gain pro­mo­tions.

MEEA co-or­di­nates the pro­gram be­cause of its back­ground in train­ing indige­nous peo­ple for the min­ing in­dus­try. Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Alan Tidswell says it will train 240 indige­nous work­ers specif­i­cally for the Wool­worths group of com­pa­nies and a fur­ther 250 for the wider re­tail in­dus­try through the pro­gram.

‘‘ These or­gan­i­sa­tions want to in­crease the num­ber of indige­nous work­ers to bet­ter in­di­cate the com­mu­nity in which they op­er­ate,’’ he says.

Tidswell says dis­ad­van­tage means many job­seek­ers do not have ac­cess to com­put­ers to ap­ply for po­si­tions.

‘‘ Part of the gap is pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment and lead­er­ship skills. We are build­ing con­fi­dence and self­es­teem, giv­ing them tools to make them more re­silient in the work­place so they don’t fall over,’’ he says.

‘‘ They get a men­tor as­sis­tant for two years who works with the em­ployer as well as em­ploy­ees.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.meea.com.au or call 8110 8200.

Picture: Pa­trick Gorbunovs

Jess Hartman has com­pleted a course to gain em­ploy­ment in the in­dus­try.

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