Job seeker and recent PaTH graduate Jamie presenting in Palm Beach, QLD
Several PaTH participants stand to greet those who are attending graduation from the program in Palm Beach. They welcome the attendees into the room, check the presentation, rearrange palm cards and smooth their button up shirts.
The participants are nervously excited - and for good reason. It’s their final piece of assessment, to present everything they’ve learnt from the three week program and host lunch for a room of people, some they have never met.
For 21-year-old PaTH participant Bill Taaffe, the nerves of giving the presentation were enough to block all thoughts of the BBQ lunch that would follow out of his mind.
The Prepare, Trial, Hire (PaTH) program launched across the country on April 1 2017. The Prepare part of the program puts participants through two blocks of employability skills training (EST). Each block is three weeks long with 25 contact hours per week.
The activities undertaken by the participants and the skills they learn throughout the program will not only help with job seeking, but are fundamental for navigating real life scenarios. The tasks include tailoring resumes and cover letters for particular jobs they are pursing, job scoping at local shopping centres, planning, organising, meeting deadlines and team work.
"We got to know each other really well and had a nice comfortable environment where we all interacted with one another," Bill said.
The participants enjoyed deciding on the projects themselves, and having the support of the other participants to bounce ideas off.
“We all had fun. We all got along really well together and created an environment where everyone is confident to get up and participate. And we all agreed that’s the best learning environment we could have.”
PaTH Trainer Jennifer Volke was pleased to see consistency of routine and support for each other maintained momentum after the course had finished.
“The group are planning to be together for some fun and another trip to Robina Town Centre to do another job scoping day together if they did not seek employment in the next two weeks.”
"The participants all physically seem different, they have more confidence and are now happy to engage in conversations."
19-year-old PaTH participant Mya Hunter said the group were initially apprehensive about job scoping, but now their view has changed.
“Before leaving, some people stated they were nervous. After completion, we all discussed it wasn’t as bad as we thought."
Mya acquired an interview for a local fast food chain through the PaTH program and is since waiting to hear the result.
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