Free Training & Work Experience for Byron Young People Aged 17 to 24

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Applications are still open for a new training and work experience program for 17 to 24 year olds – but you need to get in quick.

The new vocational training and work experience program being run by Byron Shire Council in partnership with Byron Community College has extended its deadline for applications until mid-February.

The new program, which will run from 15th February to June 2018, is part of a pilot funded through the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Strategy to support vocational training and the skills of local government workers across five regional local government pilot regions.

Around 12 young local people aged 17 to 24 will be selected for the skills-based training at Byron Community College which will culminate in work experience at Byron Shire Council.

“This is a invaluable opportunity for young people from our community to get skills and confidence and a head start,” Byron Shire Council’s Acting General Manager, Mark Arnold, said.

Council is a big supporter of better training and jobs for our young people and this program is another way we can offer practical assistance and help build the skills of our young people so they’re better prepared for the workforce,” he said.

“Like any type of work experience, it is also a chance to make valuable connections with people in the workforce – who could end up being your future employer.”

As part of the program, Byron Community College will deliver a series of ‘pre-employment’ training units that will equip participants with valuable skills and confidence so that they can get the most from their work placement at Council.  

The units will include topics such as problem solving, basic communication skills and digital literacy.  During their work placement at Council, participants will learn about a broad range of local government functions including water operations, records management, childcare, community enforcement and much more.

Byron Community College Director Richard Vinycomb said it was great to see more meaningful and sustainable work opportunities for young people that allow them to remain in this Shire.

Full details about the program, including how to enrol, are now on the Byron Community College (RTO 90013) website: https://www.byroncollege.org.au/course/BSCPreEmployment
Or call Byron Community College on (02) 6684 3374. 


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