Passport 2 Employment program prepares Nagle students to ‘take off’

28 October 2023

The Passport 2 Employment (P2E) Class program initiated by the City of Greater Geraldton has equipped students with disabilities in schools across the city with support and knowledge to enable them to transition smoothly from school into the workforce.

Nagle Catholic College Principal Michael Williams said the school has seen many benefits from their participation.

‘The program gives our students opportunities to connect and network, helping them build a connection for the future and allowing them to share their common goals with other sudents in the program. Students can learn skills related to gaining employment such as interviewing, writing a resume and building rapport with possible employers.’

Students were thrilled to learn new things on the go; making site visits to venues throughout the city including Central Regional TAFE, the Mid West

Ports Authority, Jobs and Skills Centre, and attending a series of workshops designed to build self-confidence.

Annabella, Year 11 said, ‘I learned how to go shopping and pick clothes that I could wear to an interview for a job. I hope I can get a job with some of the skills I have learnt.’

Jacinta, Year 11 said she learned new skills that would help build her confidence in talking to people.

‘I liked going to the airport and learning about what to do if I need to go on an aeroplane,’ Amy, Year 11 added.

Mr Williams hopes that through the program, students can establish relationships with potential employers and gain skills that will help them succeed in their future jobs.

‘This program gives students the confidence to try new opportunities in different employment contexts with the goal of finding a job that they enjoy. We are thankful for this additional support that will bring the students closer to be their best selves beyond school.’

City of Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said he was excited to see the young people ‘step into their own.’

‘For five years now, Passport 2 Employment has been giving students a fresh look at what can await them once they graduate school. Not only does this program expose students to exciting new fields that are available on our doorstep, but they are provided with the skills they need to take that step into the workforce.’

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