Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

“Attention Parents”: Is Your Child Ready for Work?

Parents are invited to the Get Set for Work information night next week to learn more about the upcoming intensive employment and training assistance program for 15- to 19-year-olds commencing in April.

The initiative is aimed at youth who may no longer be enrolled in schooling and are struggling to find employment and was run successfully in November 2022 with four graduates achieving certifications.

Whitsunday PCYC will again facilitate the skills program to continue assisting in the development of “disengaged teenagers struggling for employment” in the Whitsundays.

Get Set for Work staff will be on hand at the information night on Thursday, March 23, to speak with parents about the program in a Q&A-style presentation, as well as provide local employer engagement opportunities.

The state government project runs for 10 weeks, allowing participants to gain valuable skills and work experience.

In the last Get Set for Work program, Program Coordinator Scott Lynch said his graduates undertook several work placements at businesses across the Whitsundays, including on Hamilton Island and Bredl’s Wild Farm, Woolworths, volunteering at Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre, Master Butchers Whitsunday, and more.

Mr Lynch said the course is already open for its next intake - planned to begin on April 17 - and is hoping to field an even larger group, including from Proserpine with conversations for transport undergoing.

Parents seeking more information are invited to attend the Get Set for Work Information Night on March 23, starting at 6.15 pm.

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