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Paige had been searching for work for nearly three years when she reached out to APM in Batemans Bay (NSW) for employment support.
After finishing school, she wanted to build some stability in her life and registered for the Transition to Work (TtW) program.
Transition to Work is a youth-specific employment program, part of Workforce Australia. It directly supports disadvantaged young people aged 15-24, who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
In her first catch up with senior youth support worker Christine, they talked about her goals.
Paige wanted to secure employment to save money and find a place of her own.
Paige felt her options were limited as she had limited employment history, and she had skills she wanted to develop.
When considering roles might be suitable for Paige, Christine thought of an employer who had reached out to her soon after the program launched in July 2021, the Catalina Golf and Country Club.
Working towards her goals
After some renovations and upgrades, the Club’s HR Manager Cushla reached out to Christine to find new employees to add to their team.
“Paige came to mind immediately” Christine recalled.
“They ticked a lot of boxes for what each of them were looking for, and they turned out to be a great fit for each other” she added.
Paige had some previous barista experience, and Christine set her up with her Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) and Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) license training.
“The Transition to Work program provided by APM has enabled us to welcome Paige to our team” Cushla said.
“The mentoring and support Paige has received through the Transition to Work program has set her up for success with us.”
Since starting at Club Catalina, Paige has been thriving personally and professionally, becoming a valued member of the team.
“Without the program I would not be able to work at Club Catalina, and I wouldn’t be able to have the support that I do” Paige said.