Skills help job-hunters

AFTER taking a few years out of the work force to look after his sick grandmother, Eli Cleary needed to give his working life a jump-start.

With the support of his employment agent, Mr Cleary, 38, enrolled in the Riverview Employment and Learning (REAL) program.

Six intense weeks later, Mr Cleary has a fistful of graduating certificates and is not looking back.

“It is not just about learning for new job prospects but new life skills too,” Mr Cleary said.

“It was unreal.”

His new qualifications include a construction Blue Card, senior first aid, traffic controller's licence and a certificate in security.

Resume and job interview techniques were also covered but most importantly Mr Cleary said the course had given him the self-confidence to get back into the swing of things.

“I really feel like a new man,” he said.

REAL program co-ordinator Tina Havasi noticed the transformation too.

“His confidence has doubled,” Ms Havasi said.

She said 11 people had graduated from the free course designed to give participants a wide range of job skills.

“In the six weeks we press in as much as we can,” she said.

“It was a wonderful team.”



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