Last Friday, we brought youth workers, teachers and trainers together in Melbourne for our free workshop ‘Shaping Future Careers: Highlighting employability skills in young people’.

Facilitated by Daniela Ascone, youth employment and career education consultant, the day involved helpful and insightful discussions with valuable takeaways, resources, tips and tricks to help young people gain employment.

We’ve compiled a list of five great discussions we shared from the day:
  1. Young people may have high expectations about jobs and misunderstandings about the world of work. How can we interact with them in a way that is both informative and helpful? How can we help them build a path towards their dream careers?
  2. What kind of barriers are young people faced with when seeking employment? Are they local, social or global barriers?
  3. What programs and services are available to help young people engage in education and/or employment?
  4. How can we start conversations with young people about careers? We can guide young people to start thinking about employment without overwhelming them with too much information.
  5. Young people may need to build an understanding of what transferable skills are. Not everyone is familiar with these terms so we need to make sure they understand what these skills mean and how they can talk about them on their resumes or at an interview.

Representatives from organisations included: Inner Melbourne VET Cluster, Melbourne City Mission, 1800RESPECT, Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, Templestowe College, The Outdoor Education Group, Montague Continuing Education Centre, Mooroolbark College, Wheelz in Motion, Interchange and many more!…

Feedback from attendees:

  • “The Duke of Edinburgh Capacity Building Series was an excellent program and believe all service providers should be run through the content to better service young people in the community.”
  • “It was amazing for reaffirming that we are doing a great job as well as providing great resources to improve our program.” – Kate Dennis, Melbourne City Mission
  • “I found the workshop very interesting and helpful. I learnt about all the many different networks available to utilise as resource for helping out with young people.” Cathy Vescio-Dibella – Wheelz in Motion and Thinq Group.

Follow the links to register now for our upcoming workshops in Shepparton on 1st September or Koo Wee Rup on 20th October!

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