Workshop for young out-of-work Coasties

With many young people struggling to find work in the current economic climate, Central Coast Council will run a free Employ Me workshop on October 7 to arm young Coasties with important tools and skills for gaining employment.

The workshop, which will take place at The Hub Erina, is designed to help young people put their best foot forward during the job application process and relieve some of the stress associated with job hunting.

Council Director Connected Communities, Julie Vaughan, said young people have been disproportionately impacted in the wake of COVID-19, with 9.9 percent of people under the age of 20 losing their jobs as a result of the pandemic.

“Navigating the highly competitive job market can be tricky for many young people and this has become even more challenging in these current economic conditions,” Vaughan said.

“As part of the workshop, young job seekers will learn about a range of practical subjects including what to wear for an interview and how to write an effective resume.

“They’ll also learn interview techniques and be invited to participate in mock interviews to improve confidence.

“Employment providers have told us that one of the biggest barriers to young people gaining employment is not having a driver’s licence.

“To help overcome this, the first 12 eligible participants to enrol in and attend the Employ Me workshop will have the opportunity to attend a free safer driver course.”

Mayor Lisa Matthews said Council was committed to improving career opportunities and pathways for young people on the Central Coast.

“This workshop is aimed at helping to build skills for life as they step into the workforce at this difficult time,” she said.

The Employ Me Workshop will take place from 10am-2pm on October 7.

Media release, Sep 30
Central Coast Council