June 6, 2018 by admin
What’s cooking: Daniel hard at work at the Slippery Jacks restaurant in Beaconsfield. Picture: Sam StiglecGOOD advice from an employment agency has put a Pakenham jobseeker on his way to becoming a chef.
Daniel signed up with WISE Employment Pakenham in April and it led to a job as a kitchen hand in Beaconsfield and a coming apprenticeship.
The 20 year old said he had heard good things about the not-for-profit agency from fellow jobseekers. “Within two weeks, they had set up an interview with Slippery Jacks, and I started on a three-month trial at the start of May.”
The Beaconsfield restaurant is a strong supporter of WISE Employment and has taken on a number of jobseekers.
As well as 40 hours of work and training a week at Slippery Jacks, Daniel’s four-year apprenticeship will involve visiting a trade school once a month. “I’m going to have to learn all the different aspects about becoming a chef.”
He said the social side of hospitality was his favourite part of the trade. “I’ve done a bit of catering before, and I love working with people.
“Slippery Jacks was a really good fit – I figured ‘what better way than to come and work at a place with open functions?’ It means I can work on my bar skills.”
The agency also helped Daniel move out of unsuitable shared accommodation into somewhere better.
WISE Pakenham business manager David Nichols said his office worked with about 690 jobseekers at a time.
“The support we offer varies for each individual. For some, they might need help with interview techniques or understanding workplace culture to allow them to transition into employment.
“Others who are ready for work may need our assistance to match their skills and interests to the right job.”
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