To support youth employment in the Glenorchy area, $47,000 in Government funding was provided for the Glenorchy specific training and work readiness pilot program.

The program was developed and delivered in partnership between the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Glenorchy City Council’s Glenorchy Learn (G-LEARN) Group.

Fourteen job seekers from the Glenorchy area graduated from the G-LEARN program with employer-validated work ready skills, and seven graduates have already secured ongoing employment as a result of the program.

“These graduates received a combination of group workshops and personalised coaching to prepare them for work experience to demonstrate their employability.

Real-time experience in the workplace with a local employer through a structured four-week work experience placement was used to help establish a strong foundation for workforce participation and lifelong learning,” TCCI Operations Manager Colleen Reardon said.

“Employers participating in the program also received mentoring and assistance to help maximise opportunities for successful and productive employment outcomes and become worker ready employers.”

Meanwhile, the Worker Ready Businesses pilot program developed and tested a framework establishing what needs to be in place to endorse a business as “worker ready”.

The program has prepared a number of businesses to support and build the work readiness of new employees, job seekers, work experience participants and any other individual in the workplace.

The program included workshops, and customised mentoring in areas including recruitment, induction, work experience and work placement, managing performance, new employee development plans and promoting performance.