Career Service links 17-19 year olds to the world of work

Nov 23, 2012    

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Glen Debono completed his HSC at Picton High School in 2011 with one goal – to get a job where he could get his hands dirty. Despite having a Certificate 11 in Automotive Vehicle Servicing and a Certificate 11 in Furniture Making, until recently Glen was unemployed.

Glen then discovered iCareer. A free service designed for 17 – 19 year olds who had completed their HSC and were looking for work or study options. This service assists the young people of Macarthur to become job ready and includes resume development, career advice, career pathways, interview guidance, mock interviews, vocational assessments and links to training and jobs.

iCareer recently advertised for participants resulting in 38 young people completing consultations with Career Coaches from Employment Insight and Student Employment Options. Most of the students had an opportunity to do work experience in their chosen field with the program running for 3 to 4 months in Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly.

Glen was successful in obtaining an Automotive Apprenticeship with Taplin’s Automotive Repairs. John and Patty Martin took over the Camden business ten years ago. They employ four staff and like to train them their own way. John says “We couldn’t be happier. Glen has been here for four weeks now and is settling in well. He is a fantastic young bloke with great passion.”

Glen is happy for the opportunity. He adds “I never thought about doing anything else. I’d done work placement at school at Autoplus Picton and Clintons Toyota and I knew this was for me.”

Glen also won an iPad – simply for registering for the free iCareer service.

There were many other great outcomes. Tiarne Abela received a Beauty Traineeship and Kieran Murphy has been accepted into the JMC Academy. Many have applied for University or TAFE in 2013 with other iCareer participants currently attending interviews for traineeships and apprenticeships.

This MWLP initiative would like to thank the following partners: The Lighthouse Project, MG My Gateway, TAFE NSW, Community Links, Uniting Care Burnside, Narellan Library, Camden Council, Wollondilly Council, Campbelltown Council, Max Employment, McDonalds and Human Services (Centrelink).

MWLP is also pleased to announce that we will be running this program again in 2013.

Details: Amber Hope MWLP
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