Parents providing pathways seminar links young people to opportunity

Jun 29, 2016    

A recent seminar at the Narellan Library provided parents, carers and youth with the answers they were looking for – how to connect young people to the workforce.

A talented and informative panel consisted of representatives from Headspace, SWSi (South West Sydney Institute) Tafe, MG My Gateway, NSW Department of Industry and Western Sydney University College.

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Carly Cosmo from SWSi Tafe informed participants on free courses, pre apprenticeship courses, career readiness, traineeships, school based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) jobs of the future and much, much more.

Vicky Papageorgopoulos from Headspace highlighted the need for students to be mentally, as well as physically fit, for their wellbeing.  One in four students suffer from some sort of depression and Headspace is confident its counsellors can help with listening and rebuilding self-esteem and direction.  Bullying, parents separating and relationship breakdowns, etc. can all contribute.  They have a wonderful, free service both online and in their offices.

Julie Underwood from the NSW Department of Industry also spoke about the many benefits of young people undertaking traineeships and apprenticeships and how the NSW Department of Industry can help.

Adam Farmer from MG My Gateway explained what makes a good Apprentice/Trainee.  How apprenticeships and traineeships work and the advantages of belonging to a Group Training Organisation.  Attendees received vital information from how to present at an interview to possible careers beyond an apprenticeship.

Yanira Martin Giusti, Western Sydney University College, talked about the many pathways to studying at the University if a student doesn’t achieve the required ATAR and the many benefits the University College has to offer.

Elderslie parent, Elizabeth Holden, was impressed with the seminar.  “It was very informative and all the speakers were good.  I learnt a lot of things I wasn’t aware of.”

Year 11 student, Jayjay Nash, also found the seminar relevant.  “I found out about areas in Construction I had never heard of.  Also about Hospitality and careers in Hospitality.  I am really glad I came.”

The seminar was organised by Macarthur Careers, MWLP Linking Youth and the Narellan Library.

For additional information please contact Tiana Batista, Macarthur Careers, on 4625 1863 or at

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