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Brimbank Careers & Jobs Fair 2015


YouthNow was the main sponsor of the 2015 Brimbank Careers and Jobs Fair. The event

attracted over a thousand students, teachers and members of the public to Club Italia in

St Albans.  The YouthNow stand provided students the opportunity to apply for a work place

opportunity or discuss booking a new one for Term 3 or 4. As a Careers Excellence Centre,

career development resources were on display for teachers to inspect.

A big thank you to all the young people who assisted on the day of the Expo from YouthNow's

BizE centre. Their participation was much appreciated.

Above: Left to Right. Kathleen How, Aziz Moosawi and Maria Cox.



Employer Champion Awards

Fifteen businesses across Melbourne’s West gained the title of Employer Champion at The Rotunda in Williamstown on the 13th December, 2012.

The YouthNow Employer Champion awards recognised local businesses that have hosted a significant numbers of senior school students during 2012 for work placement and work experience, and who have gone above and beyond in supporting and mentoring young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dallian D'Cruz, from major sponsor; Wyndham and Hobsons Bay LLEN, opened the evening and Jason Butcher from sponsors; the Department of Business Innovation, acted as MC providing a mix of light comedy and inspiriation. He commended the hard work and dedication that businesses provide to the futures of our young people in the West. Employer Champions who could not make the awards had their certificates hand delivered to their workplaces at a later date.

WynBay LLEN, was a welcome major sponsor of the awards. Further support came from Brimbank CC, BM LLEN, Department of Business Innovation, Hobsons Bay City Council, LeadWest, and MMV LLEN.

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Our Local Businesses Give Back


As a part of the Workplace Learning Coordinators Program, YouthNow organises work-placements for students studying VET and VCAL in businesses of their choice. This placement is often not only part of a course requirement, but a life changing experience which builds self-confidence, increases engagement with schoolwork, and gives students invaluable industry knowledge which they can use into the future. YouthNow also offers workplacements through our CareersNow program which helps young people get back into education and employment. These opportunities, however, wouldn't be possible without the contribution from local businesses who give their time and energy to help young people achieve.

Robert McBeath from Spotswood Golf Course is one of our employers who are keen to give back. Robert believes strongly in giving everyone a fair go and takes on young people from all backgrounds including those at risk of leaving school, those who are not in education and employment, young people from refugee backgrounds, and young people of all ability levels. Recently, Robert took on Dhal Atar for a workplacement at Spotswood Golf Course, organised through the CareersNow program. Dhal worked diligently with Robert to maintain the green and look after plant welfare, gained an understanding of the business, and learnt countless workplace skills which are transferrable to future jobs. YouthNow congratulates Dhal on his successful workplacement, and thanks Robert and Spotswood Golf Course, and all our other businesses who provide this valuable opportunity for young people.

For more information on our Workplace Learning Program or our CareersNow program
Ph: 8311 5800

Robert and Dhal are pictured above.



Congratulations, 10 years with YouthNow


YouthNow offers its congratulations to Kamma Clarke (pictured) who has been working with YouthNow since 2002 when YouthNow was known as Workplace Learning, Melbourne West. Since this time Kamma has continued to show her passion for supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and has been an invaluable member of our team. Congratulations Kamma.



Congratulations to YouthNow's First Tertiary Graduate

On the 12th September 2012 Samantha Vella (pictured) graduated from Swinburne University of Technology with a Diploma of Business, which she completed through coursework and recognised prior learning of her work with YouthNow. Samantha began her journey with YouthNow in 2009 when she came to do work experience in business administration in the YouthNow office. At this time Samantha was certain she was going to leave school, but after recieving careers advice from YouthNow and making a plan for her future she realised more options would be available to her if she completed year twelve. Samantha went on to finish her VCAL course while doing her school based apprenticeship through YouthNow. This meant she could earn money in the work force while still getting her certificates II and III in Business Administration. From there Samantha went on to complete her diploma, funded by YouthNow. YouthNow are proud of Samantha and her achievements, and feel honoured to have provided her with the education she needed to achieve her dreams. We wish her the best in her new job, and are excited to see our next batch of trainees blossom.


Employment Pathways Into Customer Service Course



The Employment Pathways into Customer Service course ran by YouthNow during May 2012 was a huge success. Having recently become a Learn Local organisation with the Adult Community and Further Education Board (ACFE), YouthNow were eager to continue providing much needed support to persons who are disengaged from education and employment, and hard to reach learners in the Western suburbs. This support came in the form of an all inclusive customer service course where students enjoyed learning about the industry in a fun and relaxed, no pressure environment.

In the first two weeks of the course students had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities.  Students learnt about the customer service industry, assisted by fantastic guest speakers from City West Water, Centrelink, and Telstra. Students also had the opportunity to visit the 24/7 Commonwealth Bank customer service call centre, and the Powercor call centre where they got a taste of what customer service is like in the real world, and the high pressure environment of some of the biggest organisations in Australia. Students also had the opportunity to explore their options in further education with visits to Victoria University, Nicholson Street Campus and the Centre for Adult Education (CAE).

Back in the “classroom” students learnt about employability skills such as personal presentation, team work, and initiative. This included fun, hands on activities to emphasise their importance. They engaged in one on one careers advice and received a careers portfolio so they could monitor their progress during the course, and into the future. They received intensive resume writing help and also had the opportunity to practise some of their customer service skills through activities such as phone training role play.

In the third week of the course students were given the choice of a work placement or work project. All students took up the invaluable opportunity to work at a business of their choice, organised using YouthNow’s extensive contacts with industry. All students were extremely successful in their workplacements, with one student even being offered part-time employment.

With one student gaining employment, another enrolling into a Cert III in customer service at CAE, and all successfully earning their certificate of completion, YouthNow could not be prouder of our graduates! YouthNow would like to thank Centrelink, City West Water, Commonwealth Bank Australia, Powercor, and Telstra for their valuable contribution to improving employment pathways in Melbourne’s West.

YouthNow will be delivering further courses in the future including subjects such as Building and Construction, Transport and Logistics, Customer Service, and many more. Contact us now to find out more information.

T: 8311 5800



Western Metropolitan Region Education and Industry Awards


Celebrating its 12th year, the Western Region Education and Industry Awards, once again highlighted the outstanding achievements of students in the Western suburbs. The awards were held on March 15th 2012 at Club Italia where over 60 students were presented with awards recognizing individual and team excellence and achievement in Vocational Education and Training (VET), the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), and school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

The awards’ Master of Ceremonies was Greg Young of YouthNow who said it was an honour to share each student’s individual achievement and personal story. He was joined by special guest Stephen Los, winner of the 2002 Excellence Award for Multimedia studies. Stephen, a former student at Bayside College, recalled the positive impact the award had on his motivation ten years ago and shared the story of his subsequent success in his current media business Ctrl X Design. Other guests included music students from Werribee Secondary College who provided entertainment at the commencement of the event, and Copperfield College’s 2011 VET Music award winners who closed the event with an entertaining live performance.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Western Metropolitan Region again showed their commitment to vocational education and work place learning in the West by being the major sponsor of the Awards which included sponsoring each of the individual VCAL awards. Terry Lawless, Assistant Regional Director, and Jeff Copper, Regional Network Leader for Melton presented students with their certificates.

Victoria University, Kangan Institute, VISY and Toll Group contributed as major sponsors of the awards with local businesses and councils adding sponsorship for individual awards. All industry sponsorship was warmly acknowledged throughout the proceedings with students being given the opportunity to meet and have photos with their supporters. Overall 27 businesses sponsored awards and assisted in recognising young people in the West for their commendable achievements.

For all sponsors, students, family, friends, schools, community members, and business partners this is a unique event in the West. It brings together the education and business sectors within our community to celebrate the achievements of our young people.

For photos see our Awards Gallery.
For more information contact Maria Cox at


Our gratitude is extended to the following local businesses and organisations that sponsor the awards:

Ausdance VIC
Brimbank City Council
Brimbank/ Melton LLEN
Bunnings Warehouse
City West Water
Club Italia
Concept Fasteners
Department of Human Services
IGA Deer Park
Kangan Institute
Maribyrnong/Moonee Valley LLEN
Masters Braybrook
Melton Shire Council
Naiko Personal Computers
National Disability Coordination Officers Program
Poynton’s Nursery
Snowgum Homes
Spirit West Services
Toll Fleet
Village Cinemas
Women in Business Network
Victoria University

Photographs By Javier Evertsz, Break Free Photography



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