Try a Trade program wins Outstanding Pathways Program at the Learn local Awards

Diversitat’s ‘Try a Trade’ program wins the award for Outstanding Pathways Program at the 2017 Learn Local Awards.

Thursday night August 31st, the Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney announced the winners for the Learn Local awards, which recognise the contribution of more than 300 Learn Local organisations offering training in Victoria. Diversitat’s ‘Try a Trade’ Program, which offers disengaged young people in the Geelong region a hands-on opportunity to develop carpentry, mechanical, spray painting and panel beating skills in a realistic environment took home the award for Outstanding Pathways Program.

“We are thrilled to announce that You Turn is a winner!” Said Diversitat’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Martinez. “This is well overdue recognition for the great work we do at You Turn following many years of operation since we took over this program from Hand Brake Turn. We have been operating Youth Programs for over 20 years and You Turn is an excellent example of what we do and the care and dedication of our staff and volunteers getting real results and pathways for young people into work, training and a better life.” With 17 learners participated in the program, 16 of them have gone onto further education and four have gotten a job. “We are proud to be a Learn Local organisation and appreciate how Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) funding has enabled us to grow into the quality and innovative education provider we are”.

“This is well overdue recognition for the great work we do at You Turn following many years of operation since we took over this program from Hand Brake Turn. We have been operating Youth Programs for over 20 years and You Turn is an excellent example of what we do and the care and dedication of our staff and volunteers getting real results and pathways for young people into work, training and a better life.”

What’s it going to be like being a carpenter or a mechanic, a spray painter or a panel beater? Will I like it? Will I be good at it? Will I stick at it? Is it the right choice for me? These are the kind of age-old questions young people thinking about their futures have often pondered.

For many young people who have become disengaged from education and training, these questions can be a stumbling block in their pathway back into training. But what if you could actually try it in a realistic environment and be given a taste test of trades?

Diversitat’s Try a Trade program is doing just that. The program offers disengaged young people in Geelong hands-on experience, where they have the opportunity to develop trades skills in the automotive and building construction areas in a realistic environment. They are also introduced to workplace health and safety principles and a variety of trades to assist them in selecting their pathway into further education and training and ultimately employment.

The Try a Trade program is run at Diversitat Training’s You Turn site in Furner Avenue, North Geelong. Diversitat acknowledges the support of the Learn Local sector by the Victorian State Government. “Recognition by the government of the critical role pre-accredited training plays within the Victorian Vocational Education and training space provides us with the opportunity to design and deliver outstanding programs such as Try a Trade,” said Tamsin Rossiter, Skills and Pathways Manager. Diversitat would also like to congratulate Kensington neighbourhood House and Paynesville Neighbourhood House who were finalists in the same category.

Diversitat acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.