Minister makes a connection with youth

Kristin MacfarlaneSouth Western Times
Minister for employment Senator Michaelia Cash met with students taking part in a hospitality-based training program this week.
Camera IconMinister for employment Senator Michaelia Cash met with students taking part in a hospitality-based training program this week. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Bunbury youth have come face-to-face with Employment Minister Michaelia Cash to discuss employment issues in the city.

Senator Cash was in Bunbury on Monday and met young people taking part in an employability training program.

Skill Hire is offering training programs as part of the Youth Jobs PaTH program, with one focusing on hospitality and the other on construction.

Youth Jobs PaTH prepares youth for work by helping them better understand what employers expect of them in the workplace and equip them with the skills, the attitude and the behaviour for them to be successful in a job before they are given a work placement trail for up to three months.

Senator Cash visited those taking part in the hospitality training program at the Quality Lighthouse Hotel, chatting to them about their experiences while also sharing her own employment history with them.

Employability skills trainer Alison Cudmore teaches the hospitality students with Natasha Wright and said it was a good experience to have both Senator Cash and Forrest MHR Nola Marino sit around a table with the students and connect with them.

“They’re both passionate about the issue,” she said.

Senator Cash said the hospitality industry played a key role in offering opportunities to young people.

For more information about Youth Jobs PaTH, go to jobactive.gov.au/path.

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