Program prepares graduates for jobs

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
Participants of the program prepare a sausage sizzle for South Hedland Primary School students with the chefs at the Youth Involvement Council kitchen.
Camera IconParticipants of the program prepare a sausage sizzle for South Hedland Primary School students with the chefs at the Youth Involvement Council kitchen. Credit: Picture: Sophia Constantine, Sophia Constantine.

The future is looking bright for 12 indigenous people from Port Hedland who are the first to graduate from a new program aimed at opening up job opportunities for those transitioning from welfare to work.

The 10-week work readiness program has been developed by North West Regional TAFE, Bloodwood Tree and Morris Corporation.

North West Regional TAFE lecturer Carissa Myers said an analysis of a participant’s current diet and exercise regime was required before they became involved in safe food handling and the components of a certificate I in hospitality.

The group put their skills to use at the Youth Involvement Council kitchen last week, where they prepared a sausage sizzle for 250 students at South Hedland Primary School.

Charmaine Murphy said the course had helped her get into a routine with regular exercise and healthy eating.

“I was a bit all over the place last year due to family losses and this program has helped me get my life back on track,” she said.

Alora Hunter and Clem Taylor said the course gave them with a reason to get out of bed each morning and take pride in learning.

Ms Hunter noticed a big improvement in her fitness and strength, through circuit training the group has been involved in during the afternoons.

Bloodwood Tree chief executive Kelly Howlett said the program was a “game changer” which allowed individuals to boost their confidence.

Bloodwood Tree helped participants with their identification including police checks and birth certificates. The program has another two to three intakes planned for the rest of the year.

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