Sarah’s turning her passion for youth work into employment

Sarah has been building her qualifications and finding her passions while taking part in Mai-Wel LabourForce Solution’s Disability Employment Service at Cessnock.

Sarah has been working on completing a range of qualifications to narrow down the vocation she would like to enter into long-term.

Sarah has completed a Certificate IV in Community Services. In order to gain this Certificate, Sarah completed work experience at a local youth centre, where she managed group sessions, one-on-one case management and also advocated for clients at court. Sarah has found that youth work is her passion area and is exceptionally keen to see what this can eventuate into for a long-term career. After the completion of this course, Sarah decided to obtain a Certificate IV in Mental Health, which she completed successfully in March. Now, Sarah plans to continue her studies with a Diploma in Counselling, whilst working towards finding employment in youth work at the same time.

Working with youth is exceptionally meaningful and important to Sarah, especially as she gained support herself as a youth. Sarah feels that she would not be the strong, resilient and compassionate person she is today without the support she has had along the way. Because of this, Sarah wants to give back and be the same person to look up to and gain direction from as the people who supported her in the past.

Sarah’s Case Manager from Mai-Wel LabourForce Solution met with her towards the end of her Certificate IV in Mental Health study to provide her with support to explore employment opportunities in youth work and complete job applications. As Sarah plans to continue her studies, her Case Manager is now supporting her to move towards enrolling in a Diploma of Counselling and commends the passion and determination she has shown working towards her goals.

For more information about how Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions works to break down the barriers to employment with life changing outcomes for people with disability and job seekers experiencing disadvantage, visit the Job Seekers information on this website, or contact the team on 4015 8400 or

Pictured: Sarah smiling in front of the front door to Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions in Cessnock.

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