Wade Tallon graduated from the YWCA NSW’s Community in the Kitchen program with a Certificate 2 in rural operations.
Wade Tallon graduated from the YWCA NSW’s Community in the Kitchen program with a Certificate 2 in rural operations. Marc Stapelberg

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A GROUP of young people have graduated from a youth training program aimed at providing employment in highly demanded fields.

The Certificate 2 training program was run in two eight week sessions each year, focusing on hospitality in semester one and rural operations in semester two.

Wade Tallon is one of yesterday's graduates.

"We learnt to work in a team, I met new people, learnt how to operate machinery, regenerating bush areas, soils," he said.

"I did this course to get some more qualifications and more knowledge behind me to get a job."

Mr Tallon has just started a new position in a service station.

The training program is called the Community in the Kitchen program, which is run by YWCA NSW in collaboration with North Coast Institute of TAFE.

Coordinator Brooke Cunningham said the program taught important TAFE skills as well as life skills to help increase employability.

"I run life skills and employment workshops for these young people, so they've done a lot of resume work, self-confidence work, and they've looked at what is workplace etiquette," she said.

"This program is integral in providing pathways for these young people ... it gives them something to do that takes their strengths, gives them skills and opportunity to get into the workforce."

She said the graduates should be proud of what they've achieved over the 18 week course.

"To see these guys walk in quite immature and walk out as individuals who have an idea about the various pathways they can take, is awesome," Ms Cunningham said.

The training program is funded by the Greater Charitable Foundation, the charity arm of Greater.

It is open to young people aged 15-24.

Expressions of interest for next year's hospitality course will open in January.

Interested applicants can call Brooke Cunningham on 6625 5805 or email her at brookec@ywcansw.com.au for more information.



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