Trainees look to buck trend
FINDING your first real job out of school is not get any easier, especially if you live in a regional area, and these two young women know how tough it can be.
Tayla Dennis turned to a traineeship after months on the job hunt. “I’m a tourism trainee with the Maranoa Regional Council and I worked at the local IGA previously,” Ms Dennis said. “Before (working at IGA) I was applying for jobs for quite a while, cold calling up to 20 businesses a month. “I couldn’t get anything, and I felt anxious, because I knew most of the jobs I was applying to they wanted a certain skills set I didn’t have. “At that point I decided to go back to study, to better my skills, and started a Cert I business traineeship with Golden West. “I know of a few who have had issues getting work, it all depends on what you want to do. “For some of my friends looking for more meaningful jobs, rather than part time positions, it’s more difficult.”
School leaver Rhylee Wiedman shared a similar tale, speaking on her decision to join a traineeship program. “I graduated last year, and because I hadn’t had a job before I thought it was a good idea to go for a administration traineeship, which would help to give me options,” she said. “A heap of my friends have left town, there’s only a couple still here and quite a few are still looking for jobs. Most of them left to go to uni or the main cities.”