Before she found SPARK, Rebeka Auva’a was a housekeeper. While it wasn’t exactly her dream job, she got by, until she suffered an injury at work that forced her to find an alternative occupation.
Our trusty training experts have been working hard lately to develop a range of new and returning initiatives to continue providing training and employment opportunities to members of the local West Belconnen community.
On 19 June 2017, the SPARK team celebrated day one of its partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), to deliver an 18-week hospitality training program to 17 members of the local community.
Another remarkable milestone was reached today for SPARK, with 12 participants from the Yass Construction Program celebrating their graduation. Over the course of the 12-week program, participants developed a range of skills and techniques, including but not limited to concreting, paving and brick-laying.
Today we had the opportunity to celebrate our latest 19 SPARK participants who graduated as part of the West Belconnen Administration Pre-Employment Program. The program has been running out of Charnwood for the past three months and it is amazing to see how far all participants have come in that time.
Now that SPARK is well over a year old, I’ve taken some time to reflect on the program, what we’ve achieved to date and the exciting things we are planning to achieve in the future.
When it comes to empowering members of the local community to pursue further education to improve long-term employability, SPARK has it. For the 15 participants of all ages registered to attend the latest initiative – the Belconnen Community Care Pre-Employment Program – 18 and 19 July were exciting days, as they met for the first time during orientation ahead of course kick-off the following week.
A new innovative accredited training program specifically targeting the West Belconnen community that will develop skills, provide work experience and deliver potential employment in the business administration sector for participants.
The future is looking positive for the thirteen participants, who nine weeks ago began their training journey on the SPARK Belconnen Community Service Childcare Pre-Employment program.
Youth Employment Pathways is an individually tailored support service for unemployed young people who live, work or play in the Belconnen region. This program will provide access to vocational education, training and employment pathways as well as helping to improve language and literacy along with job seeking skills.