Eleven keen young people are now better prepared to take on part-time jobs after graduating from an intensive five week training program coordinated by Tomorrow Today Foundation. Family, friends and supporters joined with Tomorrow Today staff and Benalla Rural City Mayor, Justin King to congratulate the young people for completing the course which involved learning how to complete online applications, preparing for and being confident at interviews, employee rights and responsibilities, safety at work, cold calling and demonstrating employability skills.
During the program the young people were able to meet with and hear from many local business leaders and employers who gave their time to encourage and inform the students.
Employers outlined the types of work that young part time workers will be asked to do in different work places and detailed what they would expect from young employees.
Amanda Challis from West End Post Office and Store who assisted with mock interviews commented, “It was a pleasure to interview these enthusiastic young people. As a Benalla business person it was a great opportunity to get to know their potential as employees.”
Two graduates from previous programs also spoke candidly to the group about their experiences of part time work.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony at the Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Learning Centre, Pat Claridge, Executive Officer of Tomorrow Today Foundation extolled the benefits of part-time work for young people citing the main benefits as keeping them engaged with community and increasing their likelihood of staying engaged with school and learning.
This was the fifth group of Benalla young people to undertake the training and takes the total number of participants over the last four years to 45. The majority of the young people have gone on to successfully find part time work, and a number have secured traineeships. Many students manage to find work on their own after completing the course but for those who need a little more help, follow-up support is given.
Tomorrow Today Foundation expressed gratitude to the following people and organisations for their participation in the program: Melissa Mounsey, Peter Symes, Caryn de Fazio, Toby Finnigan, Kyra Rheese, Mohammad Shamim, Caitlyn Fairweather, James Widdows, Zac Hodge, Deb Randich, Mark McDonald, Chris Dube, Amanda Challis, Blooms On Bridge, Woolworths, Subway, D & R Henderson, West End Store, Benalla P-12 College for the use of their Computer Centre and Benalla Rural City Council for the use of the Edward Weary Dunlop Learning Centre.