Catapult is boosting the skills and confidence of Christchurch youth to get them into training and employment.
Kemuel Proudlove and Drew McClean got involved with Catapult in their transition from high school into the workforce. Kemuel and Drew handle a busy Saturday shift together at a Countdown supermarket in Christchurch.
"Catapult has helped me develop the self-confidence and motivation to get this job," says Drew. "I'm also gaining greater confidence in looking for other work as well."
Local young people being referred to Catapult's services are school leavers and those who have been unable to find employment through Work and Income and other avenues.
Catapult takes a positive, "client-centred" approach to assist young people to up-skill and find employment.
Catapult works alongside each client on achieving steps that include training, education, work experience, job placements and ongoing post-placement support. Recent clients have gained employment in a local school, supermarkets, retail and factory jobs.
In 2008, The Tindall Foundation contributed funding towards administration costs for the Intensive Transition Service for youth.
For more information contact:
Brent Trethewey, Employment Consultant
Catapult Employment Services Trust