The first five pilots of the Get Into programme in Australia have now come to an end. Working in partnership with SYC in Australia and Prince’s Trust Australia, we ran 5 successful pilot programmes supporting 63 young people access employment and work experience in the areas of retail, child care, social care and traffic management. With our partners support we have just begun to deliver Get Into Childcare, the first of eight Get Into programmes to be run in Adelaide in the next eight months.
Chad, a young participant on our Australian Get Into Retail pilot, shares his experience below:
Despite having an outgoing personality and great interpersonal skills Chad was finding it extremely difficult to get work. In fact, he had never had a paid employment position prior to participating in the first Australian Get Into Retail programme with SYC and Prince’s Trust International.
His significant lack of experience affected his confidence and it was difficult to maintain motivation with the daily job hunt.
“I have never worked before, but I have been actively looking for two years. It is frustrating because you need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience, so I have been stuck!” he said.
The Get Into Retail programme was delivered with local employer On the Run to give young people training and real work experience to prepare them for a job in retail. This included hands-on experience in their 24-hour petrol and convenience stores.
It was through this programme that Chad said he gained the core skills he needed to get into employment which in turn gave him a sense of hope and forward momentum.
“Doing the classroom learning for two weeks helped me grow my knowledge about working in retail and customer service. My practical work experience days gave me invaluable on-the-job experience working with customers and team members and it was my first real exposure to real paid work.”
“The Get Into programme has helped steer me in a new direction and has given me a more positive outlook,” he said.
Since finishing the programme Chad was offered a position in one of On The Run’s stores.