Putting the wheels in motion: how we’re helping young people find work in the Northern Territory

We’ve all been there: trying to get our first job after school or university. And without work experience under your belt, it’s no mean feat.

That’s why we were thrilled to be a part of the Get on the Bus event, an initiative where hospitality companies around Darwin opened their doors to young people for the day and explained the skills and knowledge they would gain working in the industry.

Twenty one Northern Territory job seekers aged 17 - 24 connected with Outback Bakery, SKYCITY, Darwin Trailer Boat Club and Hilton Hotels Association. Each and every one of them gained valuable experience to help with that first step on the career ladder.

Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive. The job seekers were well presented, and asked many questions about the jobs and the sort of training required. Participants talked about wanting to gain work experience but finding it difficult to access.

Comments from SKYCITY were that they often show groups around and talk about employment opportunities, but this was one of the best groups yet.

Tanyah Nasir of RISE UP – Be Your Best, Own Your Future presented a fantastic coaching session to increase job seeker confidence, and Des Crowe from Australian Hotels Association (AHA) provided valuable insight into the hospitality industry.

The job seekers were fully engaged with the talks and took up the offer of mentoring support from Tanyah and Des.

Nine of the job seekers have been offered internships to help them gain real work experience. ISACNT will be conducting an evaluation by contacting both the employers and job seekers to talk about their experience and if they were successful in securing a job.

This initiative is part of the Youth Jobs PaTH program, a way to connect eligible job seekers with employers looking to host a young person on an internship.

Working in partnership with the Department of Employment, we will be conducting similar events for the health, community services, early childhood and retail industries.

If you would like to get involved or you’re interested in discussing ideas to strengthen your workforce, contact us.