Link June 2018 Volume 27 Issue 3 - Page 10

news Young men gain work ready skills A group of 18 young men have gained vital job skills after graduating from a Men’s Shed mentoring project run by Curtin University and Western Sydney University. Aged 17 to 24 years, they were Project Lead Dr Ben Milbourn, from the School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech and developed their work routine and work relationships. “One of the young men has Pathology at Curtin University, said already secured employment after he was delighted that one of the taking part in the program and many graduates had already secured a job. will continue their involvement with “We are so proud of these 18 their local Men’s Shed because of awarded their graduation certificates young men for their commitment the relationships and skills they have by Western Australian Disability to the mentoring program, which developed.” Services Minister Stephen Dawson, at has equipped them with social and a ceremony also attended by Curtin practical skills to help prepare them through employment agencies, University Vice Chancellor Professor for the workforce,” Dr Milbourn said. including Edge, Life Without Barriers, Deborah Terry. Over a six-month period, “By working with mentors from The young men were recruited Workpower, Valued Lives and the their local Men’s Shed who had been Disability Services Commission. The the young men with intellectual trained by occupational therapy group took part in the mentoring disabilities visited their local Men’s and nursing academics from Curtin project through the Men’s Shed Shed once a week to work on a range University and Western Sydney programs run in Manning, Fremantle, of projects, including woodworking, University, they boosted their Victoria Park, Stirling, Yanchep, metal work, gardening, arts and confidence and knowledge of work Mundaring and Joondalup. crafts, and computers. skills, experienced decreased anxiety, The young men at their graduation ceremony. 10 news