Since November 2016, more than 50 jobseekers have taken part in Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions’ successful Jobseeker Work Skills Assess & Develop Project in partnership with Richmond Vale Railway & Mining Museum. The project provides jobseekers with opportunities to develop skills and capacity for work in cleaning, outdoor maintenance and basic construction.
Over a seven week period, jobseekers work with volunteers at the Museum each Friday, assisting with jobs to improve the facilities for the visiting public. Recent improvements completed by the jobseekers include the construction of raised garden beds and picnic tables in addition to gardening and grounds maintenance.
The upskilling of jobseekers enhance their future training and employment opportunities while meeting the demands of the local labour market by suppling suitably skilled and trained jobseekers to relevant local businesses.
If you would like to be part of the next group of jobseekers to participate in this project, please speak with your case manager.
The Café, is a training space at Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions’ (MWLFS) Maitland office, that has been set up to replicate a working, commercial kitchen. The Café is a valuable resource for providing much needed, hands-on experience to jobseekers interested in pursuing a career in hospitality.
With trainer Teresa Campos from REACH for Training, jobseekers are use the space for their study for a Certificate II in Kitchen Operations. The training is delivered two days a week over a thirteen-week period, in a mix of classroom-based learning and practical exercises.
On the practical day of learning, the jobseekers have been providing a weekly coffee, snack and lunch service to Mai-Wel staff and participants. This has provided valuable experience in meal planning, managing orders, customer service and preparation of a variety of foods, including lasagne and fresh salads.
As part of their course, the jobseekers also complete 20 hours of work experience in the kitchens of local businesses such as Telarah Bowling Club, Hog’s Breath Cafe and Opal Rutherford aged care service.
Once they have successfully completed their training, the jobseekers will not only have the qualifications, but the skills and experience to apply for a variety of roles in the kitchens of pubs, clubs, cafes and other service facilities