PCYC program aims to get youth ‘job ready’

Representatives from various agencies gathered to talk about a proposed PCYC outreach program.

The NSW Police and P.C.Y.C held an information session at the Tumut Boys Club yesterday to discuss a proposed PCYC Outreach Program to be held in Tumut in 2019.

The meeting was well attended by local agencies such as Tumut Council, Clontarf,  Cooee Cottage, Tumut Region Family Services, Mission Australia, Snowy Hydro and the Department of Education.

The meeting announced the roll out of the PCYC ‘Fit for Work – Program’ that will select 15 young people from the community to get them ready for employment in the hope of changing their lives for the better.

The targeted age group will be from 15-18 years old, or Year 10 and above.

The Program will be run for 10 weeks with 12 months ongoing mentoring to assist those placed into employment to overcome any hurdles they may experience.

Participants will engage with police, PCYC, youth workers and vocational trainers and obtain training in retailing, first aid and white cards.

It will be run on Mondays and Tuesdays from Tumut two days a week (8.30am-3pm) at a venue to be confirmed.

The goal of the program is to get kids ‘job ready’ and into meaningful employment in the community – and in doing so impact their lives in a positive way and divert them from any involvement with the criminal justice system.

Anyone aware of a child that needs a chance to succeed is asked to contact Sen Constable Colin Jacobs from the Wagga PCYC. Any local business interested to know more about becoming involved can also contact Sen. Const. Jacobs, or local police.

Tumut Inspector Stephen Radford said: “This is another great PCYC project being outreached into our town to engage our youths in our community. We need to make the most of this opportunity to support the PCYC and give our youth a fighting chance.

“With youth crime a real issue locally initiatives like this focus on preventing crime and not simply responding to it.

“The more support we get in relation to participants in the programs and employers willing to assist – the more chance we get of similar programs being run in the future.”