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On Friday 17 July, Ability Options Campbelltown Employment office was buzzing with excitement when nine women from Ability Options Indigenous employment program (VTEC) were awarded Certificate II in Retail by Steve Clarke from the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The majority of the certificate course participants already interviewed for and had jobs to go to before they took part in the course, which added further excitement to the day. To top it off, the recipient’s families, the Australian Retailers Association, Ability Options staff and local employers were also in attendance.
Certificate II in Retail is facilitated by vocational trainers from The Australian Retail Association. Lance Edwards, VTEC Employment Co-ordinator at Ability Options said he felt very proud of the commitment and enthusiasm from all the participants “Everyone started and completed the five week course and have done themselves and their families proud.”
Jazmine was especially proud of her accomplishment and said “I really loved doing the course. I felt motivated both by the other participants as well as our trainer, who was awesome!”
Jazmine’s goal is to work in fashion and she says “I always enjoy pushing the boundaries with fashion. I think fashion should be fun and reflect your personality and I especially loved putting together different outfits to wear to the course each day.”
“This particular initiative had been an outstanding success. We look forward to working further with employers and the Australian Retailers Association to assist other local indigenous people into long term, sustainable work.” concluded Lance.
For more information on our VTEC Indigenous Employment program, contact us on 1300 422 454 or visit our VTEC Indigenous Employment page.
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