Former John Tonkin College student finds employment thanks to help of school and Bizlink

Transition co-ordinator at John Tonkin College's Education support centre Jocelyn Carosin, Bizlink job search co-ordinator Joel Duckham, former John Tonkin student Kira Briggs, Woolworths manager Lynn Taylor and Kira's colleagues Jodi Draper and Marney Francis.
Transition co-ordinator at John Tonkin College's Education support centre Jocelyn Carosin, Bizlink job search co-ordinator Joel Duckham, former John Tonkin student Kira Briggs, Woolworths manager Lynn Taylor and Kira's colleagues Jodi Draper and Marney Francis.

FORMER John Tonkin College (JCT) student Kira Briggs gained employment in January with Woolworths thanks to the help of her school and Bizlink.

The 18-year-old works morning shifts in the bakery at Woolworths Miami twice a week.

Kira completed work experience at Woolworths before gaining part-time employment with the retail giant at the end of January this year.

Woolworths manager Lynn Taylor said Kira would enjoy working with the bakery team.

“She tells me she enjoys working with good friends who make her laugh,” she said.

JTC education support centre transition co-ordinator Jocelyn Carosin, who helped Kira produce her part-time employment proposal, said the student met the Bizlink criteria and was able to register for employment support.

“We had the school find Kira a place at Woolworths to complete her workplace learning, which lead to me asking them if they could take her on for paid employment after graduation,” she said.

Bizlink job search co-ordinator Joel Duckham said the employment service would help those with special needs find paid employment in a mainstream industry.

“It’s all about creating an inclusive environment,” he said.

“Our goal is to help eligible school leavers like Kira who come through the program and help transition work into mainstream employment straight from school.”

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