Rotary training and employment Story
The Rotary Club of Morialta was concerned with the high youth unemployment rate in its district and wanted to do something about what was growing to be one of Australia’s most serious social problems. The Club approached the Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) and offered to jointly sponsor a Sales Training Course, for unemployed young people and to help find suitable work after training.
On 22 September 1992, Neil Lange and Kevin Roberts interviewed young unemployed people in the Currie Street offices of the CES. Nine people were selected and commenced a training course at Gilles Plains College of TAFE premises, on 28 September 1992. The course lasted for five weeks and was based around developing Sales skills, increasing confidence and motivation, providing work expeience and introducing the young people into the Rotary network to help them find employment. Main trainers were Coordinator of the project Kevin Roberts, Neil Lange and John Grivell assisted by a number of Sales trainers from industry. Barbara Lange gave sessions on Colour Coordination and Image and Grooming, while Malcolm Driver and Graham Holcroft coordinated the Work Experience placements. At the conclusion of the course, on 4 November 1992, a Certificate presentation evening was held for the graduates from the course and Morialta issued its own Certificates of Achievement to the graduates. The course received extensive publicity in the press, magazines and radio. Alan Eagle printed business cards for all the trainees to help them find employment.
Outcomes from the course were so successful that Morialta was invited by the CES to run two further courses. These courses ran between February and April 1993. Tony Pocock negotiated for the club use of National Mutual’s training premises, on Greenhill Road Eastwood. Lawrie Fletcher, a guest trainer from the first course, coordinated the training for the next two courses. Increased numbers of Rotarians were used to support Lawrie in the training effort and to find more work experience.
In all, thirty five people completed the training, there were no withdrawals from the courses and twenty eight were found employment, further study or helped to set up their own small enterprises. Morialta received two awards for the project – Best Youth Service Project and Best Vocational Service Project at the Ballarat District Conference of 1993. They were also invited to exhibit a display at the RI World Convention “Cavalcade of Rotary Projects” in Melbourne in May 1993. Enormous interest was shown in the project and details were sent to seventy five overseas and Australian Rotary Clubs.
Morialta later became involved in further training projects for Sales Training in October 1993, and a Painting and Decorating course in February 1994.
From Page 127 A Ten Year History 1984 – 1994