A group of keen young people began a work-readiness training program last week – the After School Paid Part-time Work Project.
Many Benalla business people will give presentations during the five week after-school program. Benalla Rural City Mayor, Justin King, was the first speaker, discussing the do’s and don’t’s of applying for jobs.
Participants learn about employer expectations, tasks given to part-time workers, work safety issues, employee rights and responsibilities and the importance of a positive attitude in searching for work.
“A highlight of the program is the mock interviews – with real business people doing the interviewing,” said Project Officer, Louise Wright. “Whilst it is nerve wracking for those who have never done an interview before, previous programs show that all the students give the experience a top score in their evaluations.”
Research has shown that Australian students who had paid part-time work while at school, developed skills that made them more likely to be employed when they finish school. A major emphasis of the project is to encourage the young people to continue their school studies and to plan their future directions.
Over thirty Benalla young people have undertaken the training during the last three years with the majority of former graduates gaining part-time jobs, or school based traineeships, whilst completing their secondary education.
The program was first launched in 2012 by NE TRACKS LLEN and supported by Advancing Country Towns, Benalla Rural City Council and Tomorrow:Today Foundation. Now, the program sits as part of Tomorrow:Today Foundation’s Education Benalla Program.
Further information about the program can be obtained by calling the Foundation on 5762 1211.
Benalla Ensign 22 July 2015