A pathway to training and employment

A pathway to training and employment

The Kensington Neighbourhood House’s “Prepare for Work in Warehousing” program was a worthy finalist at this year’s Victorian Learn Local Awards in the “Outstanding Pathways Program” category.

We were chosen as a finalist because our program successfully engages disadvantaged learners in learning and takes them on a pathway to further education then employment.

In partnership with Linfox we help people from non English speaking backgrounds, early school leavers and vulnerable workers obtain their “Licence to Operate a Forklift Truck”.

Before starting at KNH, learners go to Linfox Operational Training to become familiar with machinery and practise forklift driving under supervision. This is a great advantage when they then enter the classroom at KNH to learn the course theory. It’s then back to Linfox for the assessment and practical test.

To date the pass rate from our learners is around 62%. This is an excellent result when you consider for most this is their first experience of accredited training.

Abdulrahman Moalim says the pre-accredited training with KNH made him feel confident to take on accredited training. “Having this licence has opened another door of opportunity for me,” says Abdulrahman, who completed secondary schooling in Somalia but had no Australian qualifications.

KNH staff were joined at the Awards night by two of the Linfox trainers and a representative from Aspire Foundation who have provided financial support for this worthy program.

The next “Prepare for Work in Warehousing” course starts in October. Telephone 9376 6366 for more information or to book an enrolment interview.


Photo caption: From left to right Stephen Kilmarten (Linfox Trainer), Gayle Tierney (Minister for Training and Skills) and Rebecca Smith (Kensington Neighbourhood House)

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