LOCAL BUSINESSES ASSIST YOUTH WITH EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

… IT’S ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER …

 

The PaTH Internship initiative was announced in the 2016 budget, designed as a way to get young unemployed people into job training and work experience programs, with a view to getting them off welfare and into paid employment.  A PaTH internship is a supervised work experience opportunity to see if a young person is the right fit for a job in your business.  The program seeks to encourage jobseekers under 25 to take part in 4-12 week internships by paying them $200 a fortnight on top of dole payments and giving employers $1000 up front.  Since the program began on April 1, slightly more than 1000 young people have started internships and 200 have ongoing jobs.

Charlene, Yogi and Matt

Charlene, Yogi and Matt

 

GSP Denmark (Disability Employment Provider) in conjunction South Coast Stock Feeds and Matt are working together to maximise the opportunity that the PaTH Internship provides.

Matt has been a client of GSP for the past 2 years. Matt has had a couple of casual jobs but nothing consistent. Matt’s confidence and anxiety levels were beginning to affect him in a negative way, and then came a long PaTH Internships.

Employment Consultant, Michaela discussed this with Matt and he was very interested and was soon placed at South Coast Stock Feeds, Denmark. Matt met with the owners Charlene and Gavin ( “Yogi” as he likes to be called ), and after a short interview commenced his Internship.

Matt is there 5 days per week for 3 hours a day.

The change in Matt has been immense, his confidence has risen, and he is smiling and does not shy away from others. A lot of this change is due to “Yogi” and the way he has been with Matt and teaching him that he “Can’t make a mistake, it’s always a lesson”.

Yogi has told EC that he is hoping to be in a position to offer Matt paid employment at the end of the Internship as he is a young man that he would be happy to employ.

 

Tarkyn's Journey

2015 was a big year for me. In February, I became a Bible-believing Christian, and within a few weeks was persecuted for my faith for the first time. I had started studying an online course- a diploma in video game design, just to get my employment agency off my back. I had such difficulty searching and applying for jobs after 5 years of failed tertiary education, so I didn’t know what else to do. Later on, something unexpected was set to happen.

 

I was with my mum, shopping in Harvey Norman for a new refrigerator for my mum, as our old one had retired after a long life of work. Suddenly, I got a call from an unknown number. Normally, I would ignore this kind of thing, due to extreme and uncomfortable anxiety that I had about talking to (especially) new people over the phone. But all of my anxiety had been washed away in February, so I curiously answered the phone: "Hello?"

It turns out that it was some person from the government. They never declared where they were from, but they asked me how I was finding the employment agency which I was at. I had told them that they weren’t at all helping me at all, and in fact, they had been treating me unpleasantly, and also blaming me for it!


After the discussion, I was thanked for my feedback, and that was that. A few weeks later, I was contacted by Great Southern Personnel, who I had scarcely heard of before. They wanted to arrange an appointment. I didn’t understand this at first, but I thought back to that mysterious phone call I had received in Harvey Norman. So this is how I came to be involved with GSP.

From the first moment, I was treated with care and honesty. It was a refreshing change to what I had come accustomed to. Very soon I was offered the opportunity for a position on the GSP Workforce Trolley Collection team, which I was accepted for. After being on the team for a while, the Trolley Supervisor, Graham, had after observation, noted that I would be apt to train as a Trolley Supervisor. I took on the responsibility, and it was a joy and a challenge, and an honour to be given the task of watching over others for their benefit, and the benefit of the team of GSP Workforce.

 

Over the course of the two years I have been with GSP, the Employment Coordinators I’ve had have been very helpful and encouraging; you can tell that they have a genuine interest in supporting you in your employment journey. Thanks Ken, Lee, and Anne.

Most recently, it was Anne who presented me with the program at Great Southern Employment Development Committee (GSEDC), called Young Harvest. It is a program engaging young people in social enterprises, the first two of which being garlic farming, and bee keeping. I was very privileged to see the whole of the bee keeping (apiarian) aspect of the program, from start to finish.

 

The bee keeping started with assembling the hives from scratch, to choosing apiary sites, to maintaining hive colony health, to eventually harvesting (extracting) the honey, and finally selling it as a product. This is the goal at Young Harvest: to start a product from the base materials, and see it through all the way to sales. I’d like to thank Shelley, our bee mentor, at SKK Honey, for all of her guidance and training in producing raw and unprocessed honey from our local area.

Finally, my journey (as I know it) at Young Harvest has come to an end. However, I have been selected to be a part of a new program at GSEDC, Get Your Game Off, set to educate school-aged people about the affects of, and remedies, to video game addiction. Keep an eye out for it, along with the Young Harvest branded garlic and honey - which you can also find as part of the Lime 303 and Hybla menus.

Many thanks to each member of the team both at Young Harvest and at Great Southern Personnel. You are all working, making a lasting impact on the community, and the lives of each person participating in your business.


And as the Book says;

"He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor."

 

Thanks for reading.

Tuned in and Ready to Rock

At 60 years of age and after 15 years as a Floating Floor Installer, Terry came to a place where he was no longer able to cope with the physical demands of the work. Often working 10 hour days, 7-10 days straight had left him with, at times, incapacitating back pain, which necessitated almost daily use of Panadeine Forte as prescribed by his doctor.

X-rays revealed degenerative arthritis in the lower back. “Jobs were taking increasingly longer to complete and he was totally exhausted at the end of the day. All he was doing was working and sleeping”

Terry was also diagnosed by his doctor with depression, brought about in part by his continual exhaustion and anxiety about future employment possibilities.

At the beginning of 2015, on the strength of a medical certificate from his doctor, Terry came to the confronting realisation that he was no longer fit for work in the building industry. He took himself off to Centrelink to explore his options for retraining.

After some months on a medical certificate, Centrelink assessed him as capable of 15 hours of light work a week. They sent him to Great Southern Personal (GSP), in Albany – a local disability job service provider. “To be labelled as ‘disabled’ was a bit disconcerting, to say the least, especially as i had been engaged in physically demanding work most of my life”, says Terry.

In his first interview with GSP, Sandra mentioned the possibility of study to increase his opportunities for finding suitable employment. He and Sandra discussed such options as Aged Care, Community Services etc.

They also talked about his passions, interests and hobbies. Terry has been playing music around the place, primarily as a hobby, but was interested in turning that into an alternative career path. With Sandra’s encouragement and support, Terry contacted Tony King at the (then) GSIT in Denmark to enquire about options in the music programme. Tony decided that with Terry’s previous experience in the industry, he could place Terry in the Diploma of Music programme, a 12 month full time course.

He has subsequently successfully completed the Diploma, AT THE END OF JUNE 2016, and now has a number of further skills to take him closer to his goal of working professionally in the Music Industry.

Among many other tools, the course gave Terry access to the GSIT’s recording studio and the knowledge to operate the Protools recording software. He also learned about online promotion through Facebook (Terry MacKintosh Music), Soundcloud, and has subscribed to various online A&R groups that can help with the process of getting his music heard.

Terry has steadily increased his performing profile on the south coast and can be seen playing regularly around the place, including the Boatshed Markets, Elleker Tavern, The White Star Hotel. “The course has given me the skills and the confidence to promote myself to venues, festivals etc”

Just before Christmas 2015 Terry released his first CD called “The Seed”. He plans to be back in the studio this year (2016) to begin work on his second project. “It is very satisfying to have a product which I can use for promotional purposes and also for sale at gigs. It’s a real thrill when someone enjoys my music enough to buy a CD to take home”.

He has recently purchased the latest Protools software as a first step in setting up a home studio, where he can initially produce demos of his work. With further experience he plans to offer this service to others in the musical community.

Terry is well on the way to making a regular income from the music scene, either as a live performer and/or assisting in various musical events, including the Denmark Festival of Voice and the Denmark Markets, as well as the Vancouver Street Festival and the Snake Run Skating Festival in Albany

“I am very grateful to the team at GSP, in particular Sandra in Albany and David in the Denmark office, for their on-going support and encouragement, and of course also to Tony King and the (now) South Regional Tafe. Without them, I would never have taken seriously the idea that I could turn a passion and hobby into a viable career path,” Terry.

Trent's Story

 

Trent moved with his mother to Albany from Lake Grace early 2015. They had moved down to see about giving Trent more work opportunities. Trent registered with GSP in July 2015. Trent worked with his EC David to identify areas he would like to be employed in.

David made contact with Jumbuck Insulation and introduced Trent to the owner Mick. Mick was happy to look at giving Trent an opportunity and with the help of Trent’s EC they created a role for Trent in the business. Several small jobs were identified and were merged into one role. Trent started work with Jumbuck Insulation in September 2015 and initially did 3 days of 3 hours a week. Trent’s hours have increased along with the role he does.

 Trent was initially unsure he could do the work but with the full support of GSP and the team at Jumbuck insulation Trent’s confidence has blossomed and he is a valued member of staff.

Trent is coming up to almost 6 months in employment and really enjoys the work he is now doing.

 

A Rosey Future

The Employment Coordinator met with Rose on the 9th of  September 2015 in Manjimup during an initial interview to register her for services with GSP - Bunbury branch.  

It was easy to like the feisty 54 year old who began to tell the details of her journey to date.  

Rose conveyed how she'd lived like a recluse for 9 years after becoming housebound due to obesity and had soon began to deal with the onset of health problems associated with her weight to include depression.  

In 2011 Rose went through surgery as the weight she'd been carrying impacted her knee.  

When gastric sleeving was offered in 2014 Rose didn't hesitate to accept the opportunity and so her transformation was to begin. Even with a stomach infection after the surgery Rose hit the gym only 4 weeks later.  In two years Rose was to lose half her body mass a total of 75 kilos.  When I met with Rose she appeared agile, active, upbeat and into working- out at the gym, a complete turnaround from her former self.  

Rose also had corrective shoulder surgery in 2015 and soon after returned to the gym.  

Although Rose was still coming to terms with psychological scars from her former life she realised there was only one thing missing, employment. 

With her Employment Coordinators assistance Rose has turned her life around and is now working her benchmark hours with two job in her hometown of Pemberton. She is working at the local gym kitchen as a waitress, and at her local IGA doing night fill. 

Rose enjoys quality time with her grandchildren and husband and she attributes her reason for being here today and the determination she had to call upon to take control of her life to her family. 

 “it was one small step at a time that got me where I am today.” 

Maddi’s Story

maddison

Maddison (Maddi) commenced with GSP on 18/2/14 after being referred to our service by her VET/Careers coordinator at Great Southern Grammar. At this time Maddi was completing year 11 and SWL through the grammar school and was completing placements with Kate’s Place and Bunnings.

In April 2015 Maddi met with new EC Siobhain who began marketing her for kitchen hand and hospitality type positions. Siobhain met with David, manager for York St Café to discuss Maddi’s suitability for kitchen hand work and a trial was arranged. Maddi successfully completed trial with David and he offered her casual employment which she commenced in June. Maddi did extremely well in employment with York Street Café and positive feedback from employer was received however due to lull in business they were unable to keep Maddi employed. After returning to the drawing board with her father Chris, Maddi decided to try the retail industry with an interest in beauty. Maddi enrolled in a Cert II Retail with Worklink in September 2015 and Siobhain arranged a work experience placement for her with Hairscope by Marlene. Marlene was impressed with Maddi’s friendly and outgoing personality and wage subsidy was offered for employment of 15hrs a week, plus on the job support from EC which was accepted.  By December 2015 Maddi completed her secondary education with GSG, her Cert II Retail with Worklink and was continuing her employment of 15hrs per week with Hairscope where her duties consisted of booking in clients, washing/treatment of hair, retail sales and collecting payment for haircuts, stock presentation and general salon cleaning.  A fantastic year full of accomplishments.   Maddi is currently working two full days a week with Hairscope by Marlene as well as three days a week with Fletcher International and has just purchased her first car with the money she’s earned. She is now saving up for her first overseas trip to New Zealand. In addition to this Hairscope by Marlene is now looking at employing a second client through GSP as salon assistant on the days Maddi is no longer available as owner Marlene was not only impressed with the wage subsidy offered but the amount of support given to the salon whilst Maddi was in training with them by GSP.