Light City Buses newest employee Ursula graduating from Time Education & Training.
Over 100 job seekers from South Australia recently participated in a six week work-ready Structured Training and Employment Project
(STEP). The course saw participants undertake accredited training with core units that focused on literacy and numeracy skills, customer service, conflict and fatigue management, Occupational Health and Safety and structured driving training.
Jeff Nicholls, trainer at Light City Buses saw the participants through the last four weeks of the course where he monitored their driving ability.
"When you only have a car licence, driving a bus is very difficult to learn. From where the participants started to the end of the four weeks - they were completely different people."
Liz Silk, Client Relationship Manager at Time Education and Training worked with job seekers through the whole six week program and gives glowing reviews on the participants, many of whom had been unemployed for several years.
"They were so excited to get behind the wheel. Their faces lit up realising what they had achieved."
Every participant who graduated from the course is now in permanent employment as bus drivers for Broadspectrum Light City Buses. This is a major achievement for the participants involved as well as combined efforts of Time Education & Training
, Broadspectrum Light City Buses
, MAX Employment and Workskil Australia who worked together on the project to ensure participants graduated from training and achieved permanent employment.
The STEP program has been recognised by the SA Training Awards as a finalist for the Industry Collaboration Awards.
SA Training recognise exceptional achievement within South Australia's vocational education and training sector. The awards acknowledge and reward individuals and organisations that excel in training and the delivery of training.
MAX Solutions South Australia General Manger Alex Zaikis says being nominated for this award speaks volumes about the training program and it's success.
"Over 100 job seekers have been trained through this structured training program which is not only beneficial for job seekers, but for the SA Community. We're very proud to be shortlisted as a finalist."
The winner will be announced 1 September 2017.
The Structured Training and Employment Project
(STEP) is a government funded project that provides flexible funding to eligible employers, including structured and accredited training, to help employers take on Indigenous Australians in long-term jobs.
The next intake for this STEP is commencing soon. If you’re interested in taking part contact the MAX Solutions training team on 1800 021 560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org