Bankstown Sports was the venue for our most recent Jobs for Youth night. Approximately two hundred young people, parents, carers and educators attended.
My Gateway, one of the region’s largest employers of trainees and apprentices addressed the audience on the benefits of undertaking this vocational pathway. Adam Farmer, My Gateway’s Employment Services Manager, said “You will be paid for your work, learn and earn a qualification”.
My Gateway employ and support 250 young people employed in a whole range of trades and industries and currently have some 40 vacancies.
They sponsor and attend these nights as it is vital they connect with passionate and interested youth.
Some students struggled knowing what career they wanted to pursue, and that’s ok. We are happy to offer advice. But for others they know exactly what they want to do.
Lachlan Witt is in Year 10 at Sydney Secondary College and on the night spoke with Suzanne Taylor from SBAT in NSW about a school-based apprenticeship. He also wants to study Construction in Years 11 and 12 as part of his HSC and can one day see himself employed as a Project Manager.
Mum Nerida said “This night is way better than sifting through 500 websites. It has been a good source of information. You get to speak to the experts one to one and get your questions answered.”
Jehad Salem is in Year 12 at Punchbowl Boys High School and has his sights set on a career in Construction also. He helped his dad owner build their home and is passionate about his future. He is studying Construction at school as has done work placement with Dean Brown Construction and TAK Building Services. After meeting with My Gateway and 1300 Apprentice he is sure he is on the right track.
Eliana Sabbouh is in Year 12 at Holy Spirit Lakemba. Eliana was unsure of her career path and wasn’t intending on coming to the Jobs night. After encouragement from mum Susan she is so glad she did. After speaking with Australian Careers Business College Eliana is now pursuing a possible Legal Traineeship. She impressed the College with her presentation, resume and the fact that she had done work experience in a law firm, where mum works.
Alec Gianni is in Year 12 at Freeman Catholic College and St Joseph’s Trade School and is passionate about cars! He enjoyed speaking to Autosports Group, Canterbury BMW and Vantage Automotive. He was looking at his career options and is considering heavy vehicle automotive. Alec also spoke with My Freight Career and enquired about borderline security. He was impressed with the variety of careers on offer.
Joshua Murden is in Year 10 at Menai High and is considering leaving at the end of this year. He wants to get as much work experience as possible and connected with My Freight Career who enrolled him in their one-week introductory course in Logistics.
MWLP’s CEO, Dr David M Williams AM said “We really enjoy putting these nights on. The feedback we receive from parents, students, educators and recent school leavers is very rewarding. We can’t wait to hold the next one.”
About MWLP Linking Youth
MWLP is a not-for-profit organisation. Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people, especially preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business. For more information please visit www.mwlp.com.au
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