Youth employment program working on the Gold Coast

Kaileb McKenzie is at the start of an exciting new career as a chef

Kaileb McKenzie is at the start of an exciting new career as a chef, following his participation in a successful Transition to Work program on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Transition to Work (TtW) services provide intensive, pre-employment support to improve the work-readiness of young people aged 15 to 21 years and helps get them into work, apprenticeships, traineeships or education.

Gen-Z Employment is a TtW provider on Gold Coast and worked with Kaileb to identify and achieve his employment goals.

Kaileb had been working on a casual basis, but was keen to find a suitable full-time job.  With help from a Gen-Z Youth Development coach, Kaileb realised he had an interest in cooking. He completed a Cert III in Hospitality and undertook a successful work placement as a kitchen hand.

Kaileb’s coach supported him to successful apply for an apprenticeship and he is now employed as an apprentice chef with Central Lounge and Dining.

Carmen Auer, General Manager at Gen-Z Employment, believes the innovative, flexible service improves employment outcomes for disengaged and disadvantaged young people.

‘Transition to Work focuses on building a young person’s skills, confidence and readiness to enter employment,’ Carmen said. ‘We help them set and achieve their employment and education goals by focusing on the strengths and abilities they already have.’

Gen-Z fosters strong employer networks to give participants opportunities to meet businesses in their local area, have career conversations and undertake work experience.

‘The young people visit local businesses for an orientation, they have career conversations with managers, and see all the different aspects of that business,’ Carmen said. ‘They see the operational side of the business but importantly it gets them to open their eyes to what work is like and the opportunities that are available. They get hands-on experience too.’

The Department of Jobs and Small Business funds TtW, which is delivered by a network of 43 providers throughout Australia


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