Youth hit the phones for jobs program

ON THE LINE: Job seekers Meg Humphrey and Brodie Webb have been cold calling businesses in a jobs program for Launceston's young people.

ON THE LINE: Job seekers Meg Humphrey and Brodie Webb have been cold calling businesses in a jobs program for Launceston's young people.

Launceston’s Brodie Webb and Meg Humphrey are working the phones in search of a job – but not just for themselves.

They’re a part of training group National Joblink’s program to teach job search, customer service and project management skills, ‘Youth Connecting Youth – Job Blitz’. A team of four is contacting businesses canvassing for work for more than 180 of Launceston’s young people. 

The team contacted 15 businesses on its first day, on Monday, and will continue throughout October. National Joblink, a not-for-profit organisation, will refer young people to job vacancies discovered through Job Blitz.

Mr Webb and Ms Humphrey, in transitional work at National Joblink, said the program gave them a buzz from knowing they were helping out other young people. 

Mr Webb said it had developed his ability to talk to strangers over the phone. 

“It’s given us a really good opportunity and also increased the chance of us securing a position in another company.”

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