ST AUGUSTINE’S students were busy getting work-ready at Hurley’s on March 19 and 20.
The program, organised by the Beacon Foundation, gave year 10 students the chance to talk to local professionals and small and medium business owners about the skills needed to get the job.
These skills include communication, collaboration, initiative, leadership, teamwork, networking and social skills.
A key point of the program was to provide the participating students with the opportunity to network with members of the local business community who attended to share their experience, join in activities and have lunch with the students.
The students who had attended the day agreed the program helped them with essential skills.
And were positive in their opinions about what they got out of it.
“I really now feel I am more confident in explaining my strengths and skills for my job,” year 10 student Kate Grills said.
“It was good to have this program because I was able to learn more about first impressions in job interviews,” Chelcee Schubert said.
St Augustine’s College’s Beacon co-ordinator, Mary Livingston, said the program provided Kyabram with a perfect opportunity for schools and communities to work together in support of young people.
“Through programs such as this one, we work to ensure that each and every one of our students leave the school gates knowing there is a positive pathway in further education, employment or training in years to come,” she said.
“It also provides a fantastic opportunity for students to become more confident with themselves and when interacting with others. It’s only when whole communities work together that we can ensure the future is bright for our young people.”