Youth transition to work

Twelve local young people have recently graduated from a Certificate III in Hospitality Course.

The course, hosted by Career Employment Group (CEG) and Workskil Australia’s Transition to Work (TtW) Youth service, was designed to be presented in a more hands on and practical learning environment.

Regional Programs Manager Rebecca Gow said that Workskil Australia had identified a need to develop a course that matched the participants learning style.

“The course was delivered in a way that the participants could engage hands on in a simulated work like environment” she said.

As part of the Certificate, students were required to complete 160 hours of work placement at various restaurants, bars and clubs in Whyalla.

The students covered a variety of Hospitality topics including Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol and Barista Training.

The course had many successful outcomes, with around 65 per cent of the students offered employment following completion of their workplace hours.

The graduation, which was held at Centrals Football Club on Friday, December 16, with awards also being presented on the night.

Students Daniel Adams and Dale Prideaux were awarded Most Improved, Daniel Matthews received Best Coffee and Customer Service whilst Jake Looyestyn and Caleb Bond shared Dux of the Class.

TtW Youth Coach Kirsty Colbert said while it had been challenge for the students, they had grown tremendously since the first day.

“The change I, and the CEG Mentor Ana have seen in the participants since starting the course is amazing,” she said.

“They have grown into confident and competent Hospitality workers, we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for them.” 

TtW is a service that supports young people aged between 15 –21 transition into employment and/or re-engage in education.

Places are still available and Participants do not need to be receiving Centrelink benefits to be eligible. To register and check eligibility call 1300 967 575 or email