The Monash Multicultural & Settlement Services Network (MMSSN) in conjunction with Monash Youth Services and award-winning Holmesglen Apprentice Central held their first CALD Youth Careers Forum (Trades) at the Holmesglen Waverley Campus on 16 May 2019.
More than 100 people attended, including secondary school students, young people out of school, community leaders and service providers.
Participants were treated to a range of interactive presentations, inspirational apprentice speakers from diverse backgrounds and an expo with 15 stallholders. Information about what employers are looking for and the expanding opportunities in this space was provided by Metricon and the Cross Yarra Partnership (Metro Tunnel Project).
The forum was developed in response to feedback from CALD community leaders and service providers that many young people and parents are unfamiliar with trade vocational options and the benefits of a trade career. There is a suspicion that taking up a trade means a low-income career and second-class post-school education when they should be going to university.
At the 2018 Monash Youth Forum, students said they felt great pressure to achieve and respond to expectations, particularly from their parents and peers.
Monash Youth Services’ annual survey completed with local young people continually shows that educational, employment and career stress are key themes of concern for young people in Monash. So, the message from the forum was that success comes in many different ways and the key to choosing a career pathway is to be informed of all the options and to follow your interests and passion.
Overall, the forum was a great opportunity to help young people from CALD backgrounds explore trade vocational options, become gainfully employed and make a positive contribution.
Holmesglen captured the CALD Youth Careers Forum in a video to continue to promote the benefits of an apprenticeship and trade career.
Watch the video here: CALD Youth Careers Forum
The MMSSN exists to advocate and represent the needs of local culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The working group organising the forum included Monash Council, Monash Youth Services, PRONIA, South East Community Links, Victoria Police, Department of Human Services, Micare, Link Health & Community, African Women & Families Network, Kingston Youth Services and Holmesglen.
For more information, please contact Pamela Kosij, Multicultural Community Development Officer, on 9518 3241 or email Pamela.Kosij@monash.vic.gov.au