The Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre has assisted young people aged 15 to 25 to source employment during the school holidays.Young people have engaged in various forms of work including ironing laundry, assisting an individual with their house moving process, preparing a rural site for paving, and cleaning and arranging a shed and storeroom.
Mount Gambier MRC Manager, Anelia Blackie, explained that these opportunities allowed young people to enhance and develop essential skills required for the working environment. “These opportunities not only help young people earn some pocket money, but improve their English language skills and also allow them to learn about time management skills, and occupational health and safety,” she said.
To increase interaction with this age group, Ms Blackie has created a private Facebook page. Jobs advertised on Facebook are posted on the group page and upcoming sessions which are of benefit to young people are also posted, one being a workshop held by the Career Development Centre.
The Mount Gambier MRC also networks with the local community to source employment for young people. As people contact the AMRC for jobs, this information is posted on the page and young people respond by letting the MRC know which jobs they would be interested in pursuing. Young people have responded positively following the establishment of the Facebook page, with many coming into the Mount Gambier MRC office, and signing on to volunteer and interpret as a result of this improved interaction.