Jobs for youth success

Over 300 guests attended the recent Jobs for Youth Night, hosted by MWLP Linking Youth held at Wests Leagues Club.The aim of the night was to link young people to careers, with a focus on Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

Adam Farmer, My Gateway’s Employment Services Manager said “The event was a huge success. We loved meeting so many great parents and young people, all of them hungry for information about the great careers that start with an apprenticeship or traineeship as opposed to University. Many parents were surprised to learn that apprentices and trainees get paid a wage, get paid to go to TAFE and that My Gateway pays their student fees, so they’re not saddled with crippling student debts when they finish. We expect to hire about 200 apprentices and trainees over the next 12 months, so it was great for us to meet all those eager young kids that we hope to hire when they finish their schooling.”

Lucas Chown, who is in Year 10 at St Gregory’s College, expressed an interest in an apprenticeship in plumbing and was linked with exhibitors Master Builders Association and TABMA. Lucas said “This is really great. We wouldn’t have known where to go to find out all this information. Dad did a pre-apprenticeship in 1982 and then got into Fitting and Machining and is happy for me to go down this path. I don’t want to stay on after I complete Year 10. I want to be out working and contributing.”

Lucas Chown with mum Tracey and dad James

Marco Carvalho, Year 10 at Elderslie High School, wanted to know a little more about becoming an electrician. He and dad Fernando commented “This is really good. There are so many opportunities and lots of information. There is more out there than we thought.”

Marco Carvalho (left) with dad Fernando, talking to Mila Lukic from Superior Training Centre

The NSW Department of Education and Training Services NSW attended to inform the audience about School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships (SBATs) and judging by the number of people queueing for information, this was very popular.

Suzanne Taylor, from the Glenfield office, said “A multitude of interested parents and students attended the MWLP Apprenticeship and Traineeship Night eager to discover more about School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs). The evening provided a great opportunity for Department of Education staff to talk to families, explaining how paid work and training can combine to allow students to take a step towards their chosen career while completing the Higher School Certificate.”

Year 12 students from Robert Townson High School prepared a light supper for the guests under the watchful and talented eye of Wests Leagues Club Group Executive Chef, Graham Krueger.

Mila Lukic from Superior Training Centre summed up the night “I was overwhelmed with the interest. It was awesome. Lots of connections. Very focused group. Excellent results. Very happy.”

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