If you’re with another employment service provider, we can still prepare you for work
Training and upskilling can make a huge difference in improving your success when looking for work. Prepare, Trial, Hire (PaTH) helps young people gain the skills and work experience that employers are looking for.
The first stage is Prepare. This consists of pre-employment training known as Employability Skills Training (EST).
EST is all about building your skills and experience, helping you to understand employer expectations, what jobs are available and the skills you need in an ever-changing job market. In addition, it is about giving you the awareness and confidence to stand out and get the job you want.
EST is available to you if you are registered with another employment services provider—ask your consultant to refer you to MAX.
If you are already with MAX Employment, talk to us about your EST options.
Gain the skills employers look for
Eligibility for EST
To be eligible to take part in Prepare/EST with MAX, your employment consultant must have referred you to us. You can be referred if you meet the following criteria:
- Aged between 15 and 24 years
- Have been registered with jobactive for over five months
- Registered with a different jobactive provider. For example, you may be with an organisation such as Sarina Russo, Tursa, Help, Nortec, Mission Providence, ETC or APM.
Being referred to EST
If you have been referred to undertake Prepare/EST with MAX – welcome! Your employment consultant will provide you with details on an upcoming EST course at a location near you.
There are two blocks of EST. Each training course is designed to give you a good understanding of your local job market and the requirements of employers in your area.
- Block 1: Meeting Expectations of Employers in the Workplace
- Block 2: Industry Awareness and Advanced Job Search Skills.
Training is offered either full-time (25 hours a week for three weeks) or part-time (15 hours a week for five weeks). Your employment consultant will book you into the course and mode of study that best suits you.
Tell us about you
On your first day we will start to get to know you, where you’ve come from and where you’re at. Your trainer will complete some forms with you to help us understand your skills and what you are hoping to achieve in the future.
Together we will create a learning plan especially for you. This will ensure your EST sets you up for the types of opportunities that you want and ultimately enable you to reach your employment goals.
If you need assistance with childcare, transport, reading and writing, or have any other issues that may affect your ability to complete the training, this is a great time to let us know. We can work on overcoming these together.
Learn skills that employers look for
The EST courses cover the core skills that will help you find and stay in work.
The first course (Block 1) is designed to develop your resume and improve your interview techniques. It focuses on job preparation and job hunting skills.
The second course (Block 2) is centred on workplace skills and knowledge, including developing IT skills, problem solving and communication abilities to meet the expectations of employers.
Both courses are delivered in a way that matches your learning style and circumstances and sets you on the path to achieving your career goals. While much of the learning will take place in a classroom environment, it will be interactive and you can also expect to enjoy building friendships and connections with your fellow students.
What happens next?
When you have successfully completed your EST, your jobactive service provider will be there to help you take the next steps towards a job.
This could be a trial or internship or additional training as you continue to journey towards meaningful employment.
Using your newfound skills and experience, you can expect to be on the PaTH to success.