NEW DIRECTION: Participants and their Get Set For Work program coordinators from Yeppoon PCYC enjoyed their final day together at Great Keppel Island.
NEW DIRECTION: Participants and their Get Set For Work program coordinators from Yeppoon PCYC enjoyed their final day together at Great Keppel Island. Contributed

PCYC program steers teens in right direction for work

THE future was unclear for teenagers Jaimee Butcher and Liam Dowie, but the Yeppoon PCYC's Get Set for Work program has changed that.

The teens are two of 15 participants who took part in the 14-week program, gaining certificates and skills in everything from their White Card to Responsible Service in Gambling.

Jaimee said that before taking part in the program she wasn't sure where to go after finishing school.

"I was just handing out resumes everywhere I could and then my mum saw this in the paper,” the 18-year-old told the Capricorn Coast Mirror last week.

"It's been really helpful in being able to get the relevant qualifications.

"I'm now planning to get my Diploma in Nursing and also work at the Zilzie nursing home.”

Liam said he had completed his Certificate II in hospitality and was hoping to enter university some time next year to study a joint degree in business and accounting.

"It's definitely given us more confidence,” Liam said.

Other participants were looking at gaining skills in fields including childcare and visual arts to finding full-time employment.

Thanks to the success of its first program, the PCYC will again launch the program, starting on September 12 for another 15 teens aged from 15-19 who are keen to kick-start their careers, gain skills or find work.

Program co-ordinator Nicole Gleeson said it had been a wonderful experience seeing the group members grow individually and as a whole.

"It's been awesome,” Ms Gleeson said.

"We've had some really good outcomes.

To see their confidence from where they started to now is amazing.

"We also had a lot of support from Coal Train who have been fantastic.

They ran their courses for White Card, Working at Heights and Enter and Work in Confined Spaces and RSG for nothing. They also donated to our day over to Great Keppel Island.

"This program is about developing their skills but also breaking down those barriers.

"But we've also taught them those simple things that we take for granted like applying for a Medicare card, writing cover letters or how to even look for a job.”

PCYC Sergeant Greg Jones said the course gave the young people a chance to engage with adults who they wouldn't normally interact with.

"It's taught them how they can help themselves,” he said.

This Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is funded and supported by the Queensland Government.



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