Graduates are skilled up and ready, eager to work

IS YOUR business looking for newly skilled people ready and willing to work?

If so, the 10 latest graduates from WISE Employment and training organisation St Michaels could be the answer.

The jobseekers, aged between 18 and 65, completed a transport and logistics training course late last year - overcoming medical conditions and learning and intellectual disabilities - and graduated yesterday.

Each participant completed three units, learning skills such as team working, conflict resolution, and practical skills such as workplace health and safety.

The training was delivered by St Michaels and suitable participants chosen by WISE Employment, which helps disadvantaged people to find work.

"This is a group of amazing people," St Michaels training supervisor Chriss Kelly said.

"They have a range of disabilities but that will not hinder them from being fantastic employees, they just need a bit of extra support."

WISE business manager Mandy DeRuyter said the organisation had chosen people who would best benefit from the course, and was now working with local employers on some opportunities.

Rocherlea's Damon Crosier spent 2013 job-hunting after finishing college in 2012, and took the course to boost his chances of finding work.

He now hopes to find a job working in a warehouse.

"WISE set me up for (the course)," he said.

"It was great, I enjoyed it."

Newstead's Paula Wardrope said she was hoping to find work in a kitchen, or in customer service.

"The course was a lot of fun, and all the trainers were fantastic," she said.

•If your business has an opportunity for these graduates, or others with a similar skill set, please contact WISE Employment business manager Mandy DeRuyter on 63456700.

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