Afford’s SLES (School Leaver Employment Supports) program provides trainees with the building blocks they need to have the skills and confidence to tackle life in the workforce.
Recently, the Minchinbury and Penrith SLES trainees participated in the Apprenticeship Pop-Up Interviews which really tested their communication skills and they succeeded with flying colours!
The pop-up interviews were held at Penrith Nandos and trainees truly showcased how they are moving in leaps and bounds towards their employment goals.
The Apprenticeship Pop-Up Interviews is a yearly event held by NSW Apprenticeships, where interested candidates can attend the interview session, hand in their resumes, and be interviewed on the spot for apprenticeships and traineeships from different industries.
Real Life Experience
Our four brave trainees, Wesley, Brenton, Myra and Jarrod, took advantage of this opportunity, dressing to impress in interview appropriate clothes.
Trainees printed out our recently updated resumes, and practiced firm handshakes in preparation for this great opportunity.
Upon arriving at Nando’s, trainees were excited to see many young job seekers, just like themselves, who had come along to give it a go!
Trainees began the session by filling out paperwork and declaring what industry had piqued there interest.
Exploring Your Interests
Wesley and Brenton indicated that they were interested in hospitality traineeships, Jarrod was excited to pursue a childcare apprenticeship, and Myra indicated that she was interested in a variety of opportunities.
Trainees then waited for their name to be called and then greeted their interviewer with a professional handshake before presenting themselves as candidates for the upcoming 2019 apprenticeship programs.
Not only did trainees express their interest for traineeships, they also used this as an opportunity to further develop interview skills, gaining some real world experience and building confidence in meeting potential employers, answering typical interview questions, and presenting themselves as capable and enthusiastic.
All trainee interviews went very well, and they also enjoyed the free Nandos that came along with the experience!
Afford’s SLES program provides pathways for school leavers to explore their employment options. The program provides real world experience, as well as skills development opportunities that are fun and engaging.