Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Long Trek for a Job

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Long Trek for a Job

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IT HAS been quite the journey for young Sudanese refugee Makoul Yekrop.

Makoul was nine when he moved to Coffs Harbour with his family nine years ago.

The youngster couldn't speak a word of English on his first day at Orara High School.

His search for work since leaving school has been understandably frustrating and fruitless.

In February, all that started to change for the better.

Makoul's employment consultant at ETC suggested he consider enrolling in a aReady for Retail programa that combined training with practical work experience with a host employer.

aMakoul was one of 50 job seekers who were referred into the program and after an exhaustive process consisting of mock interviews with employers, job search training sessions and then finally interviews with Big W management, 11 job seekers were selected to start the program,a ETC's employment services manager Dave O'Mullane said.

aAfter two weeks of intensive retail training, as well as ongoing motivational mentoring for those job seekers who required it, the participants then spent a week working in Big W so the managers could select from the group those deemed suitable for paid employment. …

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