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Tamara’s story

Tamara left school in Year 9 due to family issues, and began working in factory and hospitality roles at the age of 14. Tamara wanted more though. After receiving support from a youth worker as a teenager, she decided that she wanted to pursue her own career in community services.
“I didn’t know what career I wanted to take but working with a youth worker helped me find my purpose”, she says.
But Tamara didn’t know where to start. This year though, she found out about the Community Traineeships Pilot Program, and connected with TaskForce.
With the support of our youth worker, Tamara signed on with TaskForce as a trainee, and after intensive training started working at our Bentleigh office and the TaskForce Youth Hub. We’ve helped her address barriers to her education and employment, and are supporting her to attend and complete her Certificate IV in Community Services studies.
Tamara has impressed us so much that we’ve since offered her the job of support coordinator with the new ResetLife program. For other young people like her, Tamara says to “always be hopeful in finding work and never to give up when things turn bad.”

Through the Community Traineeships Pilot Program, 18 young people have been placed so far, with 15 of these leading to ongoing employment. Learn more about the program here.

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