In 2017, BCS partnered with Ginninderry’s Spark Training and Employment Initiative and Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) to deliver two innovative Pre-Employment Programs. Local people who are not engaged in the workforce can undertake training and work experience through Spark programs. They gain qualifications, confidence and industry networks that help them to be ready and able to take up opportunities as West Belconnen grows.
BCS has been a partner in four Pre Employment Programs since the Spark initiative was established in 2016. This year, we continued our award winning Childcare Pre-Employment Program, and piloted a new Community Care Pre-Employment Program. These programs provide valuable training opportunities in growing industries, and also provide BCS and other service provides with local, job-ready workers. Our 2017 trainees have just celebrated their graduation, and we’re very proud of their achievements.
Emma Sckrabei, SPARK Training and Employment manager, said “There have been many ‘SPARK highlights’ in 2017, including winning the 2017 ACT Training Award for the ‘Industry Collaboration’ category for the BCS Childcare Pre-Employment Program…but nothing quite compares to the joy we see on the students faces throughout the program as they acquire new skills, at their graduations and in many cases, on hearing the news they have secured future employment before leaving the program!”
Our SPARK graduates share their stories in the videos below.
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This year BCS entered a team in the Canberra Relay For Life. Graham McKerchar shares his reflections on the event.
Ryan, gym instructor with Belconnen Community Centre takes you through a 30 minute DIY outdoor workout. Find out more about BCS gym programs here
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Aleks oversees the busy reception area in Belconnen Community Centre. Her favourite part of her job is people.
Participants in the Belconnen Youth Centre’s 2018 summer school holiday program were hard at work learning new skills and creating seriously interstellar art.