In Term 2 and 3 of this year, a group of Benalla’s young people learnt about the value of part-time work and how to attain a job, with Tomorrow Today’s Great Start to Work program.

The 5-week program helps young people identify the kind of part-time job that might suit them, develop interview skills, and understand what an employer is looking for.  Changes were made as necessary to meet COVID restrictions, at times moving to a one-on-one ‘walk and talk’.

At the culmination of the Term 3 program, the group visited Benalla’s Target store and met with store manager Karen Muir.  They found out about the daily tasks in a retail store and learnt what employers are looking for in part-time staff. The group had some great questions for Karen, asking her how old they needed to be to start work, what jobs they might expect to do and what Karen looks for when hiring.

Together, they discussed career opportunities, balancing work, study and family, employer expectations, and how a business contributes to and reflects its community.

Great Start to Work program coordinator, Deb Paez, says, ‘getting behind the scenes in a local business is terrific for young people. It demystifies the workplace and makes a part-time job seem more attainable. It shows them that having a part-time job will help with future work options, increase their social networks and build their resilience.’

Tomorrow Today is grateful to the Benalla business community, including Target, who support this program and help Benalla’s young people to achieve their goals for work, school and life.

Great Start to Work participants Ruby Bennett, Hailie Keogh, Nathan Winton and Tarquin Balcombe with Target store manager, Karen Muir.