Passport 2 Employment returns to Geraldton

Published on Thursday, 8 October 2020 at 12:13:02 PM

Select year 11 and 12 students from local schools are set to benefit from a boost to their education and future work, with the return of Passport 2 Employment.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn was thrilled to see the program up and running in Geraldton for a second year.

“Passport 2 Employment is an invaluable way for students to learn practical skills that will prepare them for employment,” he said.

“It’s wonderful that another crop of Geraldton kids are able to participate in this excellent program.”

The nine week program involves students who have been identified as benefitting from extra education and support as they prepare to graduate from high school.

Students will participate in campus tours and workplace visits, as well as sessions on resume writing and job applications, interview preparation, presentation skills and health and fitness.

National Disability Coordination Officer Wilton Kerr was glad to see Geraldton embrace the program once again.

“After the success of the pilot program that ran in Geraldton last year, it made sense to return to the Midwest in 2020,” he said.

“It’s amazing to see first-hand how a collaborative approach within a region can have a real, tangible effect on young people’s lives.”

The program is a collaborative effort between the City of Greater Geraldton, National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program, Central Regional TAFE, APM and Forrest Personnel.

The program was originally founded in 2013 when the Glenelg and Southern Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network brought together key stakeholders with the objective of improving pathways for young people with supported needs.

This round of Passport 2 Employment is currently underway and will resume when students return to school in Term 4.

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