LETS PARTY: DISCO CEO Mike Paton, Program Manager Le-Anne Callaghan and program co-ordinator Marcia Chappell are excited with the new government funded program.
LETS PARTY: DISCO CEO Mike Paton, Program Manager Le-Anne Callaghan and program co-ordinator Marcia Chappell are excited with the new government funded program. Jessica Crofts

Helping teens get into work

TEENAGERS can now set the pathway for their career goals with the help of Downs Industry Schools Co-op’s new Get Set for Work program.

DISCO, which is a not-for-profit organisation, has been awarded State Government funding through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

The six-month Get Set for Work program focuses on career development, personal development, automotive and construction workshops, industry tours and much more.

The aim of the program is to help participants secure employment.

DISCO chief executive officer Mike Paton said the program was suitable for early school leavers.

“Not everyone can succeed in a school environment and this gives them more flexible opportunities away from mainstream schooling,” Mr Paton said.

“We want to give the opportunity for those from ages 15–19 to progress after school.”

He said the organisation had been operating for many years and the staff put in significant effort to get the students where they needed to be.

“The program will also give them a Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways to set them up for the work industry,” he said.

The program starts on February 22. A graduation will be held in June to recognise their hard work.

Classes will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am–3pm.

Students are given the opportunity to start work experience on Thursdays and Fridays to enhance their employability skills.

DISCO is currently taking referrals. Phone 46622147 for information.


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