Welcome, School Leavers!

 

Building a Stronger Workforce

Are you about to finish school and embark on your next adventure? Look no further! Employ Toowoomba is here to support you in launching your career.

What We Offer:

Local Resources and Programs:

  • Discover what’s available in Toowoomba.
  • Connect with training and recruitment services.
  • Explore job opportunities.

Youth Employment Success (YES!):

  • Our online “matchmaking” service connects job seekers with local businesses and industries.
  • Whether you’re curious about careers or ready to dive in, YES! has you covered.

Why Choose Toowoomba?

  • Booming Region: Toowoomba is experiencing strong and diversified growth.
  • High Demand for Skilled Workers: Fantastic news for job seekers!
  • Support for Employers: We help businesses improve recruitment practices and build a stronger workforce.

Remember, the future is bright, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way! 

 

School Leavers Information Kit (yourcareer.gov.au) (National Careers Institute) 2024

2024 school leavers’ guide (desbt.qld.gov.au)  (Industry context 2023)

School based activities calendar is a great way to see what’s on offer for students transitioning from school, these include work experience days, career days and activities within community, volunteering and fundraising.

Toowoomba, Australia School Activities Events | Eventbrite

Links to educational facilities in Toowoomba

TAFE Queensland | Courses & Training – Online & On-Campus (tafeqld.edu.au)

Fee-Free TAFE | TAFE Queensland (tafeqld.edu.au)  

University of Southern Queensland | UniSQ

Apprenticeship Providers in Toowoomba

Golden West Apprenticeships

A not-for-profit community-based organization specializing in providing apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities across the Darling Downs and South West regions of Queensland.

BUSY At Work

Leading the way in apprenticeship, employment, and training solutions, BUSY At Work provides customized solutions for workforce needs and helps people realize their potential.

DGT Employment & Training

DGT aims to make recruitment, training, labor hire, and employment journeys easier by providing expert services, quality resources, and optimized facilities.

MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees

A registered Group Training Organization offering apprenticeship employment throughout QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, and WA.

Transition Services For Students with Disabilities

In Toowoomba, there are several services available for school leavers with illness or a disability to support their transition from school to employment. These services are designed to help young individuals understand their work potential and prepare for employment. If you’re interested in any of these services, you can visit their websites for more information and to inquire about enrolment.

 

Here are some options for students with an illness or disability that are NDIS based:

Mylestones

Mylestones offers the School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) program, which provides up to two years of individualized programs to increase work readiness, including communication skills, travel training, work experience, and more.

APM

APM offers Disability Employment Services for school leavers, including one-on-one coaching, mentoring, personalized job seeker programs, and support for work experience opportunities.

Blue Tongue Adventure

Blue Tongue Adventure provides NDIS-funded School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) to help recent graduates find their pathway and explore potential jobs.

ActsCare

ActsCare has a School Leavers Employment Support Program (SLES) that focuses on capacity building, developing skills, independence, and confidence to work.

Community Access Care - Disability Support Bundaberg and Toowoomba

Our support services in Toowoomba will range from Supported Independent Living (SIL), Short Term Accommodation and Respite, Social and Community Participation, Individualised Living Options (ILO), Daily Living Skills, Children and Youth Services, School Leaver Employment Supports, Travel and Transport, Domestic Assistance, Health and Mobility Support and Behaviour Support. Our care and support is personalised so our Participants are enabled to work towards their own goals and achieve a higher level of independence. 

School leaver Jobs

As a school leaver in Toowoomba, securing your first job can be both exciting and challenging. Here are some steps to help you navigate the process:

Resume Preparation: Begin by creating a well-structured resume that highlights your education, any relevant work experience (such as part-time jobs or volunteering), and any skills you’ve acquired during your studies.

Job Search: Explore local job listings through online platforms, community notice boards, and social media groups. Look for entry-level positions that match your interests and abilities.

Networking: Reach out to family, friends, teachers, and acquaintances. Let them know you’re actively seeking employment. Sometimes, personal connections can lead to job opportunities.

Research Employers: Investigate local businesses and organizations. Learn about their values, work culture, and available positions. Tailor your applications to match their requirements.

Apply Strategically: Customize your cover letter and resume for each job application. Highlight relevant skills and express your enthusiasm for the role. Be persistent and apply to multiple positions.

Prepare for Interviews: If you receive an interview invitation, practice answering common interview questions. Showcase your eagerness to learn and contribute to the workplace.

Stay Positive: Job hunting can be challenging but maintain a positive attitude. Rejections are part of the process; learn from them and keep moving forward.

 

Remember, persistence and a proactive approach will increase your chances of finding that first job. Best of luck!

Transitioning from School to Workforce

Transitioning from school to the workforce is an exciting step. Here are some important tasks for school leavers during this transition:

Self-Assessment: Reflect on your interests, strengths, and skills. Identify areas where you excel and areas for improvement.

Resume Building: Create a well-organized resume that highlights your education, extracurricular activities, and any part-time jobs or volunteering experience.

Job Search: Explore job listings online, attend career fairs, and network with professionals. Look for entry-level positions that align with your goals.

Interview Preparation: Practice answering common interview questions. Research the companies you’re interested in and prepare thoughtful questions to ask during interviews.

Professional Etiquette: Learn about workplace norms, dress codes, and communication etiquette. Understand the importance of punctuality and reliability.

Financial Literacy: Familiarize yourself with basic financial concepts, such as budgeting, saving, and understanding paychecks.

Job Applications: Customize your cover letters and applications for each position. Highlight relevant skills and express enthusiasm for the role.

Networking: Connect with professionals on LinkedIn and attend networking events. Building relationships can lead to job opportunities.

Soft Skills Development: Enhance skills like communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. These are crucial in any work environment.

Health and Well-Being: Prioritize self-care. Maintain a healthy lifestyle, manage stress, and seek support if needed.

 

Remember, this transition is a learning process. Stay positive, be adaptable, and embrace new experiences!

The Importance of A Standout CV

Crafting a standout CV as a school leaver is essential to catch the attention of potential employers. Here are some tips to make your CV shine:

Tailor Your CV: Customize your CV for each job application. Highlight relevant skills and experiences that match the specific role you’re applying for.

Professional Summary: Start with a concise objective or summary statement. Mention your enthusiasm, skills, and what you can bring to the table.

Education: Emphasize your high school diploma and any relevant coursework. Include academic achievements or extracurricular activities that demonstrate your abilities.

Skills: Showcase both hard skills (e.g., computer proficiency, language skills) and soft skills (e.g., communication, teamwork).

Work Experience: Even if you have limited work experience, include part-time jobs, volunteering, or internships. Describe your responsibilities and achievements.

Achievements: Highlight any awards, certificates, or honors you’ve received during your school years.

References: Mention that references are available upon request. Include contact details for a teacher, mentor, or previous employer.

 

Remember, a well-organized and visually appealing CV will make a positive impression. Good luck with your job search!

Life After School

Adjusting to life after leaving school can be both exciting and challenging. Here are some insights on making new friends and transitioning to the workforce:

Making New Friends:

Be Open: Approach social situations with an open mind. Be willing to meet new people and engage in conversations.

Join Clubs or Groups: Participate in local clubs, sports teams, or hobby groups. Shared interests provide a great foundation for friendships.

Attend Social Events: Attend community events, workshops, or gatherings. These are excellent opportunities to connect with others.

Be Authentic: Be yourself! Authenticity attracts genuine friendships. Don’t be afraid to share your interests and experiences.

Listen Actively: Show interest in others by actively listening. Ask questions and show empathy.

 

Transitioning to Work:

Learn Workplace Etiquette: Understand office norms, dress codes, and communication styles. Punctuality and professionalism matter.

Adaptability: Be open to learning new skills and adjusting to work routines. Adaptability is crucial.

Ask Questions: Don’t hesitate to ask colleagues or supervisors for clarification. It’s better to seek guidance than make assumptions.

Build Relationships: Connect with coworkers. Building positive relationships enhances job satisfaction.

Time Management: Balance work tasks, breaks, and personal time effectively.

Self-Care: Prioritize physical and mental well-being. Work can be demanding, so take care of yourself.

 

Remember, adjusting to these changes takes time. Be patient, stay positive, and embrace the journey!

Affirmations

Here are some positive affirmations to empower school leavers as they embark on their new journey:

“I am capable and resilient.”

“Every challenge is an opportunity for growth.”

“I trust in my ability to adapt and learn.”

“I am worthy of success and happiness.”

“I embrace change with an open heart.”

“I am confident in my unique path.”

“I am ready to create my own story.”

Remember, you’ve got this! Believe in yourself and take each step with positivity.

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