Komatsu's Prepare for Work Course benifits students
In early September last year, sixteen Year 10, 11 and 12 students from Newcastle and lower Hunter Valley high schools involved with the Beacon Foundation participated in a Komatsu Prepare for Work course at the company's Tomago branch.
This program, which was hosted by Gavin Manning, Komatsu's National Apprentice Development Systems Manager, is designed to improve the interview and employability skills of students while connecting them with potential employers. Student feedback from the day was very positive, with all of them reporting they found it useful, gave them a better understanding of and employers are looking for, and made them feel more confident about entering the workforce.
The program also inspired the students to think about themselves, school and their future differently. Eight of the students reported the program had a significant impact on them with one stating it was "life changing." Some of the comments from the students were:
"The program today has helped me prepare for the interviews coming up. It will also help for future interviews and helped on how to present yourself to other "I have learntgood communication skills that will be handy in an interview."
"It will help me be more confident in any interviews in the future."
"Today I learnt about positive body language, first impressions and job interview behaviour."
For more than 20 years, the Beacon Foundation has been working with Australian schools and businesses to divert young people into meaningful work, training and educational opportunities rather than welfare-based options.
For the past decade, Komatsu Australia has been an important supporter of Beacon and what it is aiming to achieve.