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Monday, 25 June 2018

Minister for Skills and Member for Monaro John Barilaro has today dropped in to meet local junior fitter and machinist, Jessica Soper-Threadgate.

“Everyone has an interesting story about the start of their career, with many often coming across their job by chance, just as Jessica has.” Mr Barilaro said.

In November 2017, Jessica Soper-Threadgate was put in contact with Pathways Support, a Regional VET Pathways program facilitated by the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (SRBEC) and funded and supported by the NSW Government Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development. Jessica worked with the Pathways Facilitator to begin finding employment and enrolling in educational courses. Jessica’s interests lied with administration and tourism and she soon began creating plans and setting goals for transitioning into work and study.

Jessica was mentored and coached through the employment process and soon secured a casual administration position, however, before Jessica was set to start, an opportunity that she had not previously considered presented itself.

The position was with Crowe Engineering & Machining Pty Ltd in Cooma. The company advised the SRBEC that they were looking for an apprentice fitter and machinist and SRBEC’s Pathways Facilitator Jae Lear knew this was an excellent opportunity for Jessica. Jessica applied for the job, interviewed and was ultimately offered the job all in one day. Jessica started her new job the next day and has not looked back since.

“Jessica is eager, enthusiastic and committed to learning. It is clear that she has made quite an impression so early in her career,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Jessica’s achievements are the perfect example of the desired outcomes of the Regional VET Pathways program, which works to engage young people and help them pursue a VET pathway as they build their careers.

“Not only has Jessica found the right job for her, she is excelling in her position too. Without the NSW Government’s Regional VET Pathways program, Jessica would not have found this position.

“It is great to be meeting Jessica and hearing her story, I know she will go far in her career.”

Pathways Facilitator Jae Lear nominated Jessica Soper-Threadgate for the Snowy Monaro Youth Awards in April 2018 and she was a finalist for the Work Place Excellence Award.

Jessica will spend the next 4 years learning a trade and completing an apprenticeship with Crowe Engineering & Machining Pty Ltd.

Further information on the Regional VET Pathways Initiative is available at: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/programs_services/funded_other/rvp/index.html.