MEGT Institute celebrates Skills Potential Program graduates

MEGT Institute celebrates Skills Potential Program graduates

  • Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

L – R: Skills Potential Program graduates Alisha Hunter, Darren Hayden, Jamie Mays, Steven Elliston and MEGT Institute trainer Cathie Maxwell.

On Tuesday 29 November, MEGT Institute held its annual Skills Potential Program graduation in Hobart, inviting family, friends and supporters to join us in celebrating and recognising the hard work and dedication of this year’s graduates.

Based in Tasmania, the award-winning Skills Potential Program assists young people with intellectual and learning difficulties to prepare for and gain meaningful employment. Training is specifically tailored to help students build the skills and knowledge they need to work in the business, hospitality and retail sectors or to undertake further education.

This year’s graduation event also provided an opportunity to acknowledge the following Hobart businesses who worked alongside MEGT Institute to provide practical work experience for our students as they undertook study towards a nationally recognised qualification:

Clennett’s Mitre 10, Hair and Beauty Warehouse, Harris Scarfe, Howrah Point Store, K&D Warehouse, Royal Hobart Hospital, Southern Cross Austereo, Tassie Pies and Pavs, The Fisherman’s Shed, The Top Shop, Uniting Age Well, Vinnies Cygnet, Vodafone and Willie Smith Apple Shed.

Employment and education outcomes – the Skills Potential Program explained

For an individual wanting to gain the respect and personal fulfilment that comes with taking their place in the workforce and achieving their potential, a disability can present all sorts of challenges.

This is where a successful partnership between the business sector, government, a training organisation and the individuals themselves can ensure those challenges are met and overcome. A partnership just like MEGT Institute’s Skills Potential Program.

All of MEGT Institute’s 2016 Skills Potential Program graduates.

“The confidence the students build throughout the program is remarkable,” explains Nicole Gayewski from MEGT Institute. “This collaboration of business, support services, and MEGT Institute was funded by Skills Tasmania and has come to be known as The Skills Potential Program. The program was designed to provide people with an intellectual/learning disability the opportunity to undertake nationally accredited training in a supported environment, and in a manner relevant to their learning needs.”

Such was the success of the initial retail program in 2009 that additional programs were soon developed to deliver skills in business and hospitality. Twenty-five programs have been delivered with students achieving exceptional results: 23% have gained employment and 33% have progressed to further education.

As a result of the program’s success and value, MEGT Institute (with funding from Skills Tasmania) will deliver three further Skills Potential Programs in 2017.