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Futures mapped out at jobs night

Gracie and Karen Burton the recent MWLP Linking Youth Jobs for Youth night at Wests Leagues Club.

Jobs future: Gracie and Karen Burton the recent MWLP Linking Youth Jobs for Youth night at Wests Leagues Club.

Gracie Burton recently completed Year 12 at Picton High and attended the recent MWLP Linking Youth Jobs for Youth night at Wests Leagues Club night to pursue a traineeship.

Gracie studied business services as one of her HSC courses and a course requirement was for her to undertake work placement.

Gracie spent a week with MWLP Linking Youth and was outstanding.

At the jobs night she spoke with the team at My Gateway, one of the region’s largest employers of trainees and apprentices.

Gracie was one of 300 passionate young people, committed parents and carers who attended the Jobs for Youth night.

They learned about the benefits of undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships and were linked to a range of employers, group training organisations, TAFE NSW and Training Services NSW.

There were hundreds of jobs on offer from various industries including engineering, business administration, construction, child care, automotive, electrical, health, hospitality, landscaping and many more.

Feedback from the night was excellent from both recent school leavers and employers, who were impressed with the calibre of applicants.

Jordan Stoppel graduated from Camden High this year and attended the night with his dad.

Armed with his resume, driver’s licence and white card Jordan was focused on securing a landscaping apprenticeship.

Jordan Stoppel with Chad Smith from 1300apprentice

Jordan Stoppel with Chad Smith from 1300apprentice

He impressed Chad Smith from 1300apprentice who arranged an interview for the following day.

Jordan’s dad, Uwe, was impressed with the night commenting, “anything that helps connect students to the workforce is great.”

Jordan was surprised at how many people and exhibitors were in attendance and was thrilled to land his interview so quickly.

Robert Brown represented the international trade transport and logistics industry and spoke to numerous students including Macleay Morrison.

Macleay attended with mum Jenni and dad Brett and was impressed with the variety of careers on offer within the industry.

Jason Ertl who is in Year 11 at St Benedict’s Catholic College Oran Park also attended.

Left to right: Robert Brown, Jason Ertl, Macleay Morrison, Brett Morrison and Jenni Hutchins

Left to right: Robert Brown, Jason Ertl, Macleay Morrison, Brett Morrison and Jenni Hutchins

He was looking at potential pathways and was interested in pursuing the free two week introductory course that gives students a wonderful insight into the world of logistics.

Dr David M Williams, the ceo of MWLP Linking Youth said: “We get such a thrill from organising these nights.

“To see so many talented young people link with industry is very rewarding.

“We plan to run similar events in 2019.”

MWLP Linking Youth is a not-for-profit community organisation focusing on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people.

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