The saying goes when it rains it pours…
In WA lately this has been quite literal but for the Nudge team figuratively speaking, we have never been busier!
2017 has really started with a bang for us. By the end of February we will have run 8 Work-Readiness Training programmes and assisted 15 young people into apprenticeships and trainees all over WA with Nudge continuing their ongoing support to those young people for the next 12-24 months of their traineeship/apprenticeship.
From civil works to customer service, accounts administration, parks and gardens, community development, natural areas, business administration, traffic managers and many more it has been an exciting time placing so many worthy people into employment. These are all amazing opportunities for our young people of WA to gain a nationally recognised qualification in their chosen field, giving them the foundation and on the job experience to kick start a sustainable career.
Local Government have really embraced the youth development concept, recognising the need to bring in and train up local youth who can learn from some very experienced people within their teams. They are training the next generation of Supervisors, Team Leaders, Works Managers and the list goes on.
The young people we work with have given some great feedback on the Work-Readiness Training we conducted to prepare them for these opportunities.
‘The strategies for communicating and the interview preparation has made me feel more confident about working in an office environment’.
‘We really got a lot out of it and got a real feel for what it would be like to work in this environment. Hearing from past trainees was inspiring because we could see how the opportunity could play out long term’.
Whilst the employers also have been happy with the process:
‘We are so impressed with our trainee. Nudge have really done an amazing job to find her, we are very happy!’
We hope that industry continue to embrace the concept of traineeships and apprenticeships as a legitimate way to increase their youth and Aboriginal engagement and provide real employment and training opportunities.
The Nudge team look forward to keeping the momentum going throughout the rest of 2017.