Workabout Centre expands into Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln Aboriginal students have more opportunities to pursue their career pathways thanks to the expansion of the Workabout Centre program.

The Workabout Centre connects Aboriginal secondary students with education and employment pathways which can lead to school-based traineeships, apprenticeships and post school support.

Minister for Education John Gardner announced this month the program would expand into Port Lincoln, along with southern and western Adelaide, providing access for up to 600 more students throughout the state.

The centre serves to connect young Aboriginal people with pathways to sustainable employment and have access to mentoring, counselling and support from secondary school into post-school pathways.

Port Lincoln Workabout Centre program manager Jolene Miller said at this stage it would focus on Port Lincoln High School before branching out throughout the Eyre and Western district.

She said hopefully with support from businesses and agencies the community could work together to invite young people into the workforce.

“For young people it gives them an opportunity in employment and training areas,” she said.

“It gives employers a chance to invite and encourage young Aboriginal people into their organisations to train and work in their chosen areas.”

Port Lincoln High School principal Todd George said the expansion of the centre would bring a real opportunity to engage Aboriginal students and get them started on their career pathways.

“We really want Aboriginal kids to be not only employed but also access post school options,” he said.

“It’s a matter of mapping where students are in their cohort and discuss with businesses and employers in town to crease those links for programs.”

The Workabout Centre had been working in northern Adelaide and Port Augusta since 2009 and has engaged more than 1000 students and 243 employment outcomes and 230 work experience placements.