Youth get skills hands-on

LIFE is looking good for Dylan Lewis-Cresswell, 17, of Doonside.

Thanks to Marist Youth Centre providing him training in construction and landscape work skills Dylan has moved from getting into trouble with the law to enjoying a constructive life.

"I have found new meaning in life and want to contribute to society," he said.

"My new skills and work experiences have given me greater confidence in getting a landscaping job."

In the last few weeks, Dylan has volunteered his help for Marist's current training program as a mentor and attended three job interviews - all with positive feedback filtering through.

Dylan was among 30 trainees presented with a box of basic necessities when looking for their first job.

The necessities include a water bottle, lunchbox, work socks, back-pack and vouchers for work boots and a haircut.

The Job Boxes costing $9420 was funded by Optus to help Marist Youth Care(MYC) to help youth.

They also include Brodie Sheehan, 20, one of the first graduates of the Skills Development Centre Program who started work with S. R. Construction in September 2012.

"The program was very helpful, not just for getting the job, but in teaching me more about the industry," Brodie said.

Optus director Ian Rhynehart presented the Job Boxes to trainee graduates from Individual Education Program, general construction and bricklaying program at First Avenue last Friday.

MYC senior manager Employment and Training Services Adam Makepeace said the project helps youth in western Sydney to get their career on track.

For details, contact Adam Makepeace on adamm2@maristyc.com.au or email www.maristyc.com.au.

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