World Youth Skills Day 2020

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Recognising the importance of equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed in the workforce.
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Today we celebrate World Youth Skills Day, which recognises the importance of equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed in the workforce.

Here at the Commission we are focused on getting the next generation of young people into careers in the public sector, and helping them thrive once they get there.

One of the ways we do this is through our School-based traineeship. It introduces students in their final two years of high school to a potential career in the public sector, as they work towards a Certificate II in Government (Public Administration).

Recent traineeship graduate, Corey Czirr, gained his skills by working in various teams at the Commission, and is now employed full-time supporting our Data and Analytics team.

“Although I was eager to learn, I was full of self-doubt and anxiety when talking to people and was extremely quiet.

“After a few months, with help from my manager, I began to come out of my shell. I started seeing the quality of my work change, and saw how friendly everybody was and how they all wanted to see me succeed,” Corey recalls.

His advice to potential School-based trainees?

“Do it, you have nothing to lose! Applying for the traineeship was one of the best decisions of my career and life. I am more confident and feel like I contribute to the workforce in a meaningful way.”

Our School-based traineeship is a fantastic opportunity for high school students entering Year 11 in 2021 to get a taste of working in the public sector. Applications are about to open and information to apply will be available online soon.

Our Graduate launch program (previously Graduate development program) gives graduates already employed in the sector the skills and tools they need for a successful career.

Previous participant, Carissa Mitchell, found the program invaluable, helping her develop professionally and personally.

“What I enjoyed about the program is that it didn’t dictate to you what you should know or how you should be. Instead we learnt fundamental skills that drew out our own innate professional style, so we could learn how to add value, rather than how to fit in,” Carissa said.

Kicking off last week, this year’s virtual program sees 47 enthusiastic graduates from across the sector work in teams to tackle challenges and explore ideas that can help get WA on the road to recovery.

These programs are part of our work to create a future-fit, collaborative and diverse public sector, and help today’s young people develop the skills to be tomorrow’s public sector leaders.

Page reviewed 15 July 2020