Amidst the economic impact of COVID-19, DGT Employment and Training has placed two jobseekers into paid part-time traineeships with local host employer Sandeep Singh at The Coffee Club Toowoomba, through the AgFood Connect program. This program has provided opportunities to young adults that are struggling to find work in this difficult time.

Assisted by HELP Employment and NEATO Employment Services Toowoomba, the two new trainees are now each undertaking a Certificate III in Hospitality as group training participants. “DGT’s Agfood Connect works with local employers and is proud to assist these two young people to gain employment whilst completing a nationally recognised qualification in an industry that serves the community,” says DGT General Manager for Growth and Partnerships Kim Watson.

“Our AgFood Connect program supports young people in finding new career pathways, including apprenticeships, traineeships, or full-time, part-time, casual, contract or seasonal work, and they are supported by our staff from end-to-end.” AgFood Connect aims to make it easy for businesses in the food and agribusiness industry and supply chain to source, recruit and employ skilled employees, including entry-level staff and apprentices and trainees.

Funding has been provided by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment through the Youth Jobs PaTH Industry Pilot initiative. If DGT can begin to provide more career opportunities for jobseekers then the community can start to tackle the impact the COVID-19 has had economically.

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