Passport 2 Employment
Bass Coast Shire Council recently hosted a Passport 2 Employment (P2E) session, where Human Resources staff worked with students from Bass Coast Specialist School, to give them experience in preparing for job applications and interviews.
The session is part of an eight week program run by The National Disability Coordination Officer Program and South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN).
The innovative program helps secondary school students build practical skills and access opportunities for further education, training and employment.
Council prepared and helped students to partake in ‘mock’ interviews, where students were simulated through the job interview process of arriving at reception and introducing themselves, going to an interview, presenting their résumé, and answering questions.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained the importance of being involved in initiatives such as the P2E program.
“The P2E program aims to empower young people with disabilities to build their confidence and skills in leadership and self-advocacy,” Cr Rothfield said.
“By building these skills we are providing clearer pathways and assisting them in seeking, finding, obtaining and retaining employment and further training opportunities.”
The curriculum for the P2E program is based on career planning. Program sessions include an industry tour and opportunity to meet with potential future employers, learning how to dress appropriately for an interview, and mock interviews.
Since its establishment the program has been delivered in Portland, Warrnambool, Horsham, Geelong, Colac and Gippsland. The Gippsland LLEN group aim to roll the P2E program out to a number of additional locations in the future.