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Proud smiles all around at Busy Beat Hub

Six participants celebrated with their families yesterday as they proudly graduated in a 12 week pre-employment course (R U BUSY?) delivered at the Busy Beat Hub, Southport.

BUSY At Work’s Busy Beat Pre-Employment and Training Centres are based in Ipswich and Southport supporting local jobseekers and community members in preparing themselves for entry into the workforce.

R U BUSY? program delivered from the Southport hub is a pre-employment course for young people aged 17-19 who have left school early and lack the skills and resources needed to enter the workforce. The first eight weeks are spent in the course Monday to Thursday from 9-3pm, and the last four weeks see participants complete structured job search which is tailored to the needs of the individual and their career plan.

BUSY’s qualified Youth Project Officers provide employment assistance through workshops and industry visits. They also teach participants important employment skills such as resume writing and how to perform well in interviews. Through the duration of the course participants have access to computers, printers, telephones and newspapers to increase their chances of employment or learn about other study options.

R U BUSY? Program has seen many young people successfully complete the pre-employment course which has significantly improved their self-esteem and quality of life.

Participants then go on to enter the workforce or take up further training in their chosen career path.

Participants achieved:

  • Certificate II in Self Awareness and Personal Development
  • White Card (Occupational, Health and Safety Card)
  • RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) and RGS (Responsible Gambling Service)

This innovative ‘no cost’ service has been embraced by local community organisations and will be continually adapted to meet the changing needs of the Ipswich and Gold Coast labour markets.

BUSY At Work CEO, Mr Paul Miles said the commitment to positive social change and providing support to local communities is at the heart of what BUSY does.

“Using our surplus to aid local community projects through our Community Services arm, we commit to a flexible approach to supporting community needs so that individuals experience long term benefits as well as short term results.

“The R U BUSY? program is just one of those projects and we are thrilled to deliver this innovative community program and congratulate the six graduates and wish them every success,” Mr Miles said.


Image Caption: Five of the six participants who recently graduated for the R U BUSY? Program pictured with BUSY At Work Mentor Support Officer, Shellie Flower, Community Services Recruitment Officers, Janet Emerton and Rachel Jack and General Manager – Strategic Development Rod McShannon.

Back row L-R Shellie Flower, Janet Emerton, Sam Georgiou, Rachel Jack and Rod McShannon

Front row L-R Travis Burton, Nathan Hughes, Louis Ruck, Adem Turkman

Absent: Emily Kouimanis

MEDIA CONTACT: Leanne Macnamara, Public Relations Coordinator 0438 173 960

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