Jobs for Youth night addresses industry need for more apprentices

‘Engaging’, ‘informative’, ‘great connections’ were just some of the words used to describe the recent information night hosted by MWLP Linking Youth.

Over 200 students, parents, carers and careers advisors attended to learn about apprenticeships and traineeships and what jobs are currently available.

Group Training Organisations, Employers and Apprentices addressed the audience who were then able to connect with exhibitors.

Aaron Peters is in Year 10 at St Benedict’s Catholic College and wants to commence studying a trade next year. Aaron and dad, Mark, connected with Steve Horn from My Gateway. After a short discussion, Steve is now organising work placement for Aaron to give him a taste of the trade. He will then attend a My Gateway Bulk Recruitment Day and hopefully commence an apprenticeship as a Plant Mechanic next year. Dad says “It’s a good start. I was an apprentice. This is a great opportunity and will open the door to a possible supervisory or management role further down the track.” Steve Horn added “The quality of students has been very good. They are engaged and asking all the right questions. It’s a pleasure to help students like Aaron.”

l to r Mark and Aaron Peters with Steve Horn

Jasper Hanna, Year 12 student at Inaburra School, Bangor, wants to do an electrical trade. He and mum, Amanda, connected with NECA Training and Apprenticeships. Jasper found the night really helpful and has submitted an application with NECA hoping to commence an apprenticeship next year.

Jasper and Amanda Hanna

Wally Mehanna, CEO of South West Bankstown Chamber of Commerce also attended with his daughter Danielle (who is attending St. Charbel’s College Punchbowl) and Michael Farah (studying Cert IV in Accounting at TAFE). Wally said “It’s great to see all these stakeholders working together to assist our young people.”

l to r Wally Mehanna (SWBCC), Adam Farmer (My Gateway), Danielle Mehanna and Michael Farah

Students from Sir Joseph Banks High School prepped, cooked and served a delicious light supper.

Hospitality students from Sir Joseph Banks High School

Courtney Johnson from HVTC was just one of the many exhibitors. She said “Tonight was one of the best jobs expos we’ve attended. Candidates were of a great quality. It was great to see so many parents. I’ve talked to applicants from Picton, Bankstown, Wattle Grove, Campbelltown and Oran Park and there have been some great outcomes.”

MWLP, CEO, Dr. David M Williams, AM said “This is exactly what these nights are all about.”

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MWLP is a not-for-profit community organisation. Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.