Apprenticeship Support Australia WA was recently treated to a taco-tasting event during a visit to PCYC Gosnells.
Robbie Simpson, ASA Client Support Officer — Gateway Team, was invited to judge a lunch prepared by a group of youth as part of a mock job application exercise linked to the opening of Taco Bell in Midland. Simpson was tasked with tasting six tacos, taking into account, taste, name and presentation.
The participants had just completed the first stage of the mock application process, which included an application, interview and resume submission — with the tasting the last step in the experience. “The PCYC lunch was a fantastic opportunity to meet with the young people in a non-confrontation environment, allowing them to engage more directly with me,” says Simpson.
He says ASA actively engages with community groups and has visited, presented and chatted with students from groups in several locations about apprenticeships and traineeships. “PCYC groups that we meet are often disengaged youth and the objective is to create new pathways and opportunities that they may have never considered, or which may have been actively discouraged,” he says.
Students attend PCYC instead of regular high school as they are an “at risk” group. Sharon Kent, of WA Police & Community Youth Centres, thanked ASA for attending the taco tasting event, saying “it was invaluable to our young people to see commitment offered by outside sources”.
ASA takes pride in being actively involved in the communities that we service. Our reach sees us taking part in events state-wide.
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