Young adults with a disability in Warwick celebrate graduating from work readiness pilot program

The students have spent the past ten weeks doing the course, which involves job placements and work experience to boost their employment skills, as part of the Endeavour Foundation’s free, Community Learning Hub pilot program.

“The Work Readiness program is unique in the Warwick region, as it fills a vital gap by providing an educational service that supports young people with a disability and others from various backgrounds,”  Endeavour Foundation’s Service Development and Innovation Manager Chris Beaumont said.

“We are focused on delivering a short-course to boost job skills and in turn will give participants the confidence to pursue the job they want,” he said.

During three-hour sessions over 10 weeks, the students have been busily studying in the classroom through workbooks and online activities. They also did on-the-job training at a local radio station, pet shop, Bunnings and other businesses.

The course content and resources have been developed by registered teachers employed by Endeavour Foundation, who are experienced in the design and delivery of effective curriculum for people with a disability.

Graduate Bianca Campbell is hoping to secure a job in hospitality and is planning to complete the next module of the Community Learning Hub program, which will involve volunteering at a café.

“I have really enjoyed volunteering and learning new skills through the program and hope to gain employment,” Bianca said.

Jesse Sue-Fong also recently graduated from the pilot program, and he has a keen interest in creative arts and choreography. Through the course, Jesse was able to undertake work experience at a local radio station.

“I learnt what it was like to be on radio and how to master new skills,” Jesse said. “I had a really great day at the radio station and I liked finding out all of the people’s responsibilities.”

Each program session is divided into topics so the participants can access a variety of activities, apply their learning as well as having the chance to develop working relationships in the community that may lead to further work experience and employment.

“We are so pleased with the success of our pilot program and we are keen to expand it so more young people in the Warwick region also have an opportunity to learn crucial, job skills,” Mr Beaumont said.

Each person who participates in the course will leave with an individual pathway plan to prepare them for the workforce. They’ll also have the opportunity to enrol in further work readiness courses in 2016. 

If you’d like to enrol in the free work readiness program, please contact Endeavour Foundation’s Support and Operations Manager Vanna Aspinall on 0417 158 959 or v.aspinall@endeavour.com.au.

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Media Contact: Stephanie Fitzpatrick, Media and Communications Officer, on 0438 905 185 or s.fitzpatrick@endeavour.com.au

Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation supporting more than 3,300 people with a disability from more than 230 locations in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. These include accommodation, employment, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities.