PROUD GRADUATES (left): Students from across the Fraser Coast have graduated from the School to Work GenR8 program.
PROUD GRADUATES (left): Students from across the Fraser Coast have graduated from the School to Work GenR8 program. Eliza Wheeler

Youth skills to generate jobs

READY TO WORK (far left): Senior student Ryan Gallizzi sits between his uncle Anthony Gallizzi and his mother Margaret Gallizzi.

FRASER Coast students will step out of their uniforms and straight into work clothes after completing the State Government's School to Work Strategy GenR8 program.

Fourteen high school students graduated from the program on Thursday after completing a Cert II in Logistics, 20 days of work experience and earning four credit points towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

Seven of the graduating students have already been offered jobs in the logistics sector.

This area covers a wide variety of jobs such as truck and forklift drivers, gantry-crane operators as well as warehousing and administration.

Graduate Ryan Gallizzi did his work experience at the Fraser Coast Regional Council and said it had been a great way to get a foot in the door.

"I learned a lot and will hopefully get an opportunity for employment in the future," Ryan said.

"It was a good way to see what jobs are out there."

Director for the North Coast region program Mark Further said the program had been a success for the Fraser Coast.

"More than 100 students participated in this first round across the region and there is three times that number interested for the next round," Mr Further said.

"Transport and logistics covers many different areas of employment and the students here have been able to explore those and gained important experience."

Applicants are now being short listed for a program to start in March.



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