The first round of Ready for Work participants through the Gladstone Engineering Alliance graduated last Friday and are now on the hunt for job opportunities.
The graduates participated in a six week program which was funded under State Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. The program has helped young job seekers to build confidence and learn new skills to better prepare them for the workforce.
GEA CEO Carli Homann said “Over six weeks we have been working with young job seekers to help them create effective resumes, improve their interview skills, plan their career paths, link them with important local contacts and help them feel more confident in the working environment. All of the participants have also gained a Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways.”
Mrs Homann also said local businesses had been very supportive of the program and the participants received multiple visits from business owners with advice to help them find work.
Carla Smith from Runway 7 visited the participants last week to give them advice on how to select professional clothing for interviews and for the workplace.
GEA will be running a second six-week round of the program for another 40 participants from the 17th of October.
To be eligible:
- Aged 17–24 years
- Australian citizens, permanent residents, temporary residents with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen
- Unemployed, but not receiving Australian Government Employment services or assistance
- Unemployed for more than 6 months, and receiving Australian Government employment service
Young people interested in participating in the next round of the program can contact the GEA on 4972 9060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org