Yooralla supports customers to gain employment skills
DATE: 31 May 2018
Yooralla’s Equal@Work program, designed to assist people with disability to find jobs in the wider employment market, has commenced in Shepparton.
Equal@Work is a collaborative project between Yooralla, one of Victoria’s largest and oldest disability service providers, and the Centre for Adult Education (CAE), which aims to actively support participants on their journey to finding and securing employment.
Andrew Nankivell, Group Manager, Pathways to Employment at Yooralla, said that as part of this program, new work skills are explored on a weekly basis.
“These are called tasters. They help participants decide what sort of job they may like to do, as well as getting them job ready. Opportunities in horticulture and commercial cooking have already been positively received,” said Andrew.
Equal@Work begins with a six-week training course, run by the CAE, called Skills for Life and Work, which includes: interview and communication skills, reading job descriptions and writing resumes, coffee making, working in a commercial kitchen and experience from people in the hospitality industry.
Equal@Work participant, Shane, said he was really enjoying the program.
“This course is better than others I have attended. It is hands-on and teaches you new things I could not learn on my own,” he said.
After completing Skills for Life and Work, participants will have eight weeks working one-on-one with a volunteer mentor, to hone their job seeking skills.
Yooralla, which is celebrating its centenary this year, then supports participants as they transition to employment by working with employers to implement programs in the workplace which support diversity. This also means the workplace is more accessible and inclusive to the needs of people with disability.
Yooralla is looking for mentors living in the Shepparton/Mooroopna region, who would like to participate in the Equal@Work program. For those interested in this initiative and available to volunteer for two to three hours a week for eight weeks, are welcome to contact Melanie Cass, Volunteer Engagement Manager on Melanie.Cass@yooralla.com.au. Support and full training will be provided.