The Youth Employment Program (YEP) which is previously known as the Transition to Work (TTW) is a 2 year program offering participants and their families a boutique, person-centred program promoting work and life skills in a wide range of industries for school leavers.
The program is designed to provide hands on work experience in a range of working environments. The various work experience options offer competency based learning to secure sustainable employment. As part of the YEP Program, young people will embark on a variety of meaningful work experiences in the areas of horticulture; retail; warehouse and production; customer service and hospitality.
YEP caters to the individual needs of each client through a personalised employment plan which include personal development, employability skills and work experience. Participants and their families choose and plan their own journey providing them with empowerment, independence and fulfilment. The program involves a range of work experience placements. YEP is aligned with local businesses to assist in achieving clients’ goals.
Some of the work experience options over the past year have been:
Fabulous Food @ Florence – A program where participants meet and greet, collect orders and money, and prepare and deliver food to around 40 customers each Thursday.
St Vincent De Paul
Sir Joseph Banks Park
Brasserie Bread Artisan Bakery
Bread and Beans Café Matraville
Windgap staff are trained, experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of the program to assist and support each participant in reaching their personal goals.
The relationship between Windgap and families is an integral part of the program. Windgap meets regularly with the participants and their families to ensure satisfaction and service improvement.
“My son has been with Windgap YEP for the last 2 years, it has been the best years of his life, he has developed his skills and matured. A position to work was offered last year and since then he has been working” – C. Inguanzo
On Thursdays, YEP group trains in improving and developing cooking and hospitality skills. The program includes: training in creating the menu, independent shopping skills, taking orders and money handling, food preparation, following health and safety regulations, food distribution and clean up.
They offer their delicious, cafe standard menu which ranges from BBQ chicken panini w/ basil pesto to mushroom, olive and semi-dried tomato tarts to many other delicious and healthy options for Windgap staff, supported employees and clients.
In the near future, Windgap is hoping to build a commercial kitchen for our YEP clients to offer their great tasting menus to public and operate a great business opportunity for our clients.
Horticulture program helps clients gain and develop gardening skills. The program covers Work Health & Safety (WH&S), tool and equipment recognition, and using equipment correctly. Some clients who gain skills and confidence in horticulture have been transferred to be paid supported employees in Windgap’s Growability team.
YEP’s retail program has continued to be a success throughout the year with several of our young clients participating in work experience. The program covers learning stock recognition, product placement and presentation. The clients also learn how to conduct themselves appropriately in the workplace and how to follow WH&S policies and procedures.