Young people in Tasmania’s south east are receiving support to achieve their dreams and goals locally, thanks to a joint program run in June by Sorell, Tasman, Glamorgan Spring-Bay and Clarence City Councils.
The South East Region Development Association (SERDA) Youth Project is coordinated by former AFL draftee Sam Siggins, and helps the region’s youth to develop their employability skills and introduces them to local employers.
The Youth Project is the vision of Andrew Hyatt, Workforce Development and Engagement Officer for SERDA, who works tirelessly and passionately to help local people into local jobs.
The project provides ongoing opportunities for students to develop and expand their skills and knowledge in a structured and safe environment and helps them to learn more about local employment opportunities and career pathways.
Siggins has drawn on his own experience with mental health support to deliver the Youth Project.
“The SERDA Youth Project is something I am very honoured to be involved in, as I enjoy helping the youth and if that’s drawing on my past experiences, I am happy to do that.”
As part of the program, students meet with a variety of local employers to learn more about their businesses and the different types of jobs involved, as well as hearing personal stories from business owners and staff about their own life journeys.
“Since the program started in June this year, we have worked closely with Bayview Secondary College, Sorell School, Tasman District School and The Industry Pathways Program students. We have introduced the students to 12 local businesses such as Lyden Builders, TASSAL, McHenry Distillery, McDonalds, Banjos and many more.”