Students graduate from GenR8
Twenty-five Queensland high school students graduated from the 2014 GenR8 program in November after completing work experience at Followmont’s Cairns, Brisbane and Townsville operations.
GenR8 is an industry-demand driven, youth attraction and employment pathway for Year 12 students. From an industry and business perspective, the program is a strategic recruitment model designed to address labour and skill shortages in key industry sectors and address an ageing workforce through youth engagement.
The GenR8 program was a huge success in 2014 with a number of students accepting casual and full-time employment opportunities following the program and others completing paid work during their school holidays. Followmont also provided references to all students to assist them gain future employment.
The program is fully supported by the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA), the peak industry association for the trucking industry in Queensland. Employers in this sector have identified GenR8 as the preferred recruitment model for their industry, with GenR8 winning QTA’s 2013 People Leadership Excellence Award.
GenR8 aims to create sustainable linkages between employers, local high schools and local communities by establishing schools as a recruitment hub. The program identifies, selects and trains Year 12 students so they are industry aware, prepared and employable upon exiting year 12. Students undertake a Certificate 2 in Logistics as part of the program. It is the perfect way of “growing your own” through a youth engagement strategy that provides real workplace experience, entry level training and employability skills.
GenR8 is a four phase model which includes:
- Industry awareness and connectivity
- A nationally recognised qualification
- Industry work placement
- Industry employment opportunities.