School Programs

Making a Positive Difference to our Community, is the fundamental principle on which People Come First was built. We strive to provide young people with the opportunity to gain knowledge that will assist them not only in their transition into the workplace, but also become positive contributors to the community in which they live. We achieve this not only by the programs we run in Schools, but also by programs we provide such as Skill for Life and Teen Time Respite.

As a Youth service , Skills for Life is designed specifically to assist young people learn those basic skills that they require to live independently once they leave their home and school life. Similarly our School programs are designed to promote resilience in young people of all ages preparing them for University and other further study. We also aim to educate young people in the differences between School and the workplace. This enables us to be a part of a growing positive community, which is best for everyone.

 

Personal Statement

This program is designed to assist senior students in the preparation of personal statements to be submitted as a part of their University/TAFE SA application or as part of their scholarship application process.

This program will provide students with:

  • Information on what training organisations are looking for in personal statements, including what should be included and how it should be structured;
  • Information on expectations of Universities or TAFE SA;
  • Information on university life and how it differs from high school; and
  • An opportunity for the students to submit their personal statements to be reviewed.

Structure of Program:

  • Two-hour presentation

Material Included:

  • Structure outline for personal statements;
  • Sample personal statements;
  • Flow chart for the development of personal statements;
  • Flow chart for the type of information to incorporate; and
  • Copy of the Power Point presentation.

Mock Interviews

This program aims to help students build important employment skills by giving them the opportunity to have a mock interview with a real employer. Students will have an opportunity to understand and appreciate how the right preparation and interview skills can assist them in making a positive first impression on a prospective employer.

This program will provide students with:

  • Information on the overall recruitment process, what employers generally look for, advice on how to write a cover letter and resume and interview skills and techniques that will optimise their chances in gaining employment
  • The opportunity for to students to experience all stages of the recruitment process, including creating a resume and cover letter for a particular role, researching the organisation and preparing for the interview, and actually attending the interview
  • Written feedback on the students’ interview techniques and preparation

Structure of Program:

This program is broken down into two sessions:

  • Session 1 – a 50 minute (or a typical lesson timeframe) presentation outlining how to prepare for and excel in an interview. Additionally, students will need to select a job advertisement to apply for, submit a formal application including a cover letter and resume, and prepare for the interview prior to session 2
  • Session 2 (usually a week after the first session)- students will have the opportunity to interview for the role they are applying for. Each interview will typically last for 15 minutes and will assess factors such as appearance, attitude, interview techniques, and preparation

Material Included:

  • List of Interview do’s and dont’s
  • List of interview techniques
  • Examples of typical interview questions
  • Assessment on the students’ interviews including where they were strong, and factors that need improving
  • Copy of the Power Point presentation

Workplace Expectations

Making the transition from the School environment into the workplace can be a daunting prospect for any student regardless of age and skills. This program is designed to prepare students for the challenges this transition provides by providing them with information and real world knowledge.

This program will provide students with:

  • Insight into the differences between work and school and how to successfully incorporate both in their lives
  • Information on appropriate and inappropriate workplace behaviours, and employer and employee entitlements, obligations, and expectations
  • Information on Work, Health, and Safety

Structure of Program:

  • Two hour presentation

Material Included:

  • Booklet including WH&S information, employee and employer entitlements, workplace obligations, and contract checklists
  • Copy of the Power Point presentation

DScore Behavioural Careers Planning

The goal of this program is to provide students with an indication of their personality types and the career paths they will be most suited to.

This program will provide students with:

  • Information on the importance of personality in career selection, communication, interpersonal skills, and working within a team
  • A customised report outlining information about each student along with career suggestions based on traditional Jungian personality theory, also known as DISC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Compliance) personality theory

Structure of Program:

This program is broken down into two stages:

  • Session1 – a one-hour interactive presentation which includes time for the students to complete our personality questionnaire
  • Session 2 – a 30 minute follow up presentation to provide results to students and explain how to read and interpret the report

Material Included:

  • Customised report based on the students answers to our personality questionnaire
  • Copy of the Power Point presentation.

Cyber Bullying

Society is continually finding new means to integrate technology in everyday life. Unfortunately, such integration has lead to the rise in cyber bullying – bullying using technology. Unlike regular bullying, cyber bullying is incredibly invasive and often goes unnoticed. This program aims to provide students with a clear understanding of what cyber bullying is, why it is so detrimental to the victims, and what students can do to prevent cyber bullying from occurring.

Structure of Program:

  • Ninety-minute presentation

Materials included:

  • Copy of the Power Point presentation

Resilience

Students today are required to manage numerous and, often, competing demands – school, sport/extra curricular activities, work, relationships, and their own personal issues. While some students are able to thrive under these conditions, many constantly feel strained and and are unable to cope. The goal of this program is to help students understand what resilience is and how it can assist them, and teach them strategies to build their resilience so they can better deal with what they difficulties they are facing.

Structure of Program:

  • Ninety-minute presentation

Materials included:

  • Copy of the Power Point presentation