Guidance officers from across the Bundaberg district spent an afternoon at IMPACT Community Services recently learning about its multitude of programs to help young people.

With the new school year beginning, 24 officers were given a tour of IMPACT’S Bargara Rd site and heard first-hand from leaders within the organisation.

They were given an overview of the support provided, including what’s available for those finding the traditional school system challenging.

The officers were also told about some of the initiatives aimed directly at younger people, including Get Set for Work, which is a Skilling Queenslanders for Work program focused on those aged between 15 and 19.

For guidance officers Greg Souvan and Jennifer Obst it was an informative afternoon.

“It’s been really useful to understand what services are around,” Greg said.

IMPACT’s host of wrap-around support services are available to those living in Bundaberg and surrounding areas. They include Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs such as:

  • Xtreme Turnabout (Youth Skills) for 15 – 24 years
  • Get Set For Work for 15 – 19 years
  • Community Work Skills  - open age - support provided to disadvantaged learners to access and progress through training courses
  • Work Skills Traineeships – 22 weeks paid work while studying Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management

And there were plenty of other services the guidance officers were keen to hear about including:

  • Training courses, including Certificate III qualifications;
  • jobactive;
  • Employment and study support and opportunities through Transition to Work;
  • Mental health services;
  • Family support services;
  • Disability services;
  • Accommodation support;
  • Parenting services for young mums, dads and their families.

For more information about what IMPACT offers call 4153 4233.