Huon Valley residents offered free course in core skills for work

This four-week skills development program (2 days per week) will help you to stand out in the competitive job market. You will identify your target group, create the right communication tools, get your message across, and increase your chances of landing a job.


Why do this program

The Huon Valley Works Matchbox program is suited for people who are looking for work and wish to develop the core skills that employers value, including: 


  • Problem Solving

  • Communication

  • Digital Literacy

  • Teamwork

  • Presentation Skills

  • Critical Thinking

  • Creativity

  • Financial Literacy


In addition, the program provides registration with Huon Valley Works, which is offering a variety of paid work opportunities in the Huon Valley. 


Where is the program being delivered? 

Huonville: 8 June – 30 June 2016

Dover: 27 July – 18 August 2016

Geeveston: 14 September – 6 October 2016

Cygnet: 2 November – 24 November 2016

Huonville: 8 February – 2 March 2017


Is there assistance with transport? 

Yes. A free bus service is available to transport participants to and from their home to the program location.


How long is the program? 

Each program runs over four consecutive weeks for 25 hours per week. This includes face-to-face sessions for two days per week (Wednesday and Thursday) and further exercises that are undertaken in the participant’s own time. 


How does it help me get work?

The Matchbox program has been developed in accordance with the Core Skills for Development Framework, which has been endorsed by government and industry as providing the set of non-technical skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin successful participation in work. In addition, the Matchbox program gives participants an insight into the strategies used by the advertising industry to communicate with impact and stand out in the competitive job market. Previous participants in Matchbox have moved from long-term unemployment to successful careers. Further, the program offers a pathway to local work via registration with Huon Valley Works. 


Course structure 

Four key elements of the Matchbox program are delivered over four weeks: 


1. Point of Difference: Participants use advertising and marketing principles to define their unique qualities, identify their target audiences and use the right tools to communicate their message to employers in a way that will stand out from the crowd.


2. Get on My Cloud: Participants set up a free and functional cloud-based environment (email; file storage; calendar; address book) for managing their career. 


3. The Employability Skills Package: Participants develop capacity in the key workplace skills required by employers.


4. Landing It: Participants increase their chances of landing a job through real-life exercises in Job Search; Applications and Interviews; and managing their Social Media profile. 


How much does it cost? 

Enrolment and all materials required to complete the program are provided free to eligible participants. The program is generously supported by the Skills Tasmania ‘Get Set for Work’ fund and the Geeveston Community Centre. 


Who is eligible? 

The program is targeted at people who experience unemployment, geographical isolation and disconnection from education. Any person living in the Huon Valley who experiences one or more of these issues is eligible to participate.


Next information session

Huonville: 27 January 2017, 2 pm Friday, The Local, 17 Wilmot Road, Huonville



Please fill out the form below or give us a call 1300 315 559 



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