Fleurieu youth meet local employers, talk job opportunities

McIlroy Motors’ service manager Bruce Davis was among southern Fleurieu industry representatives to speak to local youths on employment options on Friday, June 27. An apprentice from the business also spoke to the group.Youth from the area were able to takepart in a Fleurieu Industry Tour toobserve the inner workings of localbusinesses on Friday, June 27.

The 17 youth participants were eitherassociated with the Employment Options YouthConnections Program or working in theFlexible Learning Options (FLO) program at theVictor Harbor High school.

Both the Youth Connections and FLOprograms provide young people with thesupport, skills and knowledge needed for theirtransition into education, training oremployment.

Employment Options Youth Connectionscontracts manager John Coates said this tourwas informative to youth otherwise disengagedfrom education.

“Today is to open up their minds into thevariety of career opportunities within their owncommunity,” he said.

The tour kicked off with a visit to BaileyHomes in Victor Harbor where the group learntabout the different jobs available in theconstruction industry. McIlroy Motors was theirnext stop to learn about the automotiveindustry and manufacturing. At Shaw FamilyVintners, the young people heard about wineproduction.

The Fleurieu Waste Recycle Centrein Goolwa was the final business of the day,where waste and recycling management wasthe focus.

Mr Coates said that younger people oftenassume the only jobs available are in retail orhospitality.

“This tour is part of the process into gettingthe young people work experience in differentfields,” he said.

The group were able to hear from anapprentice at McIlroy Motors about hisexperience.

“It is good to have someone of a similar ageto tell their story on how to get into theindustry, they connect really well,” Mr Coatessaid.

Community Partnerships at Work, and thedepartments of education and employmenthelped organise this event, along with thesupport of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp.

Community Partnerships at Work partnershipbroker Greg Hatcher mentioned theimportance of local businesses to get on board.

“We really depend on businesses to give usaccess to their industries and worksites,” hesaid.

“These young people would not normally getinto the businesses and get to talk to theemployees.”

Mr Hatcher was very positive about thecontribution from the industries involved in theprogram.

“The Fleurieu business community havebeen very generous to commit the time ofmanagers and other employees to speak tothese young people about career pathways andpossibilities,” he said.

“Industry representatives have been veryhonest about the kinds of skills and attributesthey are looking for in potential employees andthat is essential information for these youngpeople.”

While the program has been successful thereare doubts whether it will continue next year.

“The Youth Connections and PartnershipBroker programs finish on December 31,” MrCoates said.

The team is working with other industryleaders to sow the seeds so they can continueto take the concept to the next level.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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