On-job training programme helps local youth

September 23, 2017 by  

The task of becoming ready for future employment in Broadmeadows has been made easier thanks to the Hume City Council.

The opportunity arose when Council recently adopted a new youth employment programme known as Youth Jobs PaTH, which is run by the Australian Government.

Hume Mayor Drew Jessop said up to 15 young locals are currently taking part in the programme, which provides participants with on-the-job training in city leisure centres.

He said the young locals are aged from 15 to 24, and each intern is receiving practical, real experience that may otherwise have been inaccessible. He explained:

“Not only will the participants be provided with eight weeks of on-the-job training, they will also be able to obtain specific qualifications based on interest areas – such as pool, lifeguard, AUSTSWIM and fitness certifications.”

According to the Mayor, the outcomes of the training will be highly recognised throughout the leisure sector as well as fully transferable to any future employer.

As part of the programme, participants will be able to experience a full gambit of office skills ranging from answering customer enquiries, to organising printing services.

The Mayor said the trainees will virtually be shadowing Leisure Centre staff.

He said that after successfully finishing the programme, the youth will be in a much better position to gain full- or part-time employment, and for some that could be with a leisure centre in the area.