Assisting job seekers to reach their full potential
Workskills New Norfolk site has been working with several external and internal agencies in an effort to provide new and innovative ways of assisting our job seekers to reach their full potential.
We have again secured and extended the services of Salvation Army’s Doorways program who will this year offer a Positive Lifestyle Program for eligible jobseekers.
Jobs bus (whilst still in trial mode) has eventuated. Jobseekers across many Workskills sites have been able to take advantage of this service which was extended to accommodate casual seasonal vineyard work in the Coal River area. The main focus of this trial will be the Derwent Valley. Talk to staff members at New Norfolk re the advantages and accessibility around this exciting new venture.
Certificate III Individual Support (Ageing)
Workskills New Norfolk, in partnership Campbell Page, have been successful in securing another Certificate III Individual Support (Ageing) commencing in March. Participants are currently on work placement and are looking forward to securing employment with the assistance of the Workskills Employer Services Team.
Discussions are being held with other training organisations in reference to delivering training opportunities such as hospitality and housekeeping at a local level with the view of increasing access to these skill sets for our jobseekers who otherwise would not have the opportunity to upskill and increase their employability.
Workskills, in partnership with Steps, are continuing to focus on placing indigenous clients into meaningful employment. We are also negotiating a local Employability Skills Training delivered by Steps.
Youth Entrepreneurial Services (YES)
Due to successful collaboration with Youth Entrepreneurial Services (YES) and Scott from Community Based Support, a very Happy 21st birthday was had by one of our job seekers. He attended an interview the day after this milestone birthday and was rewarded with a work trial which has since resulted in a full time apprentice cabinet maker position. This was a huge collaborative effort, with the New Norfolk team supported by Community Based Support and YES going the extra mile and assisting with buying clothing, presentation tips and interview skills.
In conclusion the old cliché of many hands make light has been proven right on this occasion with all parties involved sharing the common goal of making meaningful employment achievable. Proud moment for all involved.