Maa Aukuso-Taelase is a new apprentice in Programmed’s Property Services Grounds division in Sydney’s West. Maa started with Programmed in March this year and is rising up to the challenge of becoming a qualified Horticulturist.
Maa was part of the RISEUP program in Paramatta. RISEUP incorporates job ready programs, mentoring and vocational training for at risk youth aged between 15 and 18 to build their engagement with education, employment opportunities and the community. The initiative aims to partner with employers across NSW to create meaningful work opportunities for young people who’ve embraced positive change in their lives.
The foundations of the initiative focus on early intervention to prevent and disrupt crime. It is a collaborative approach with Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) NSW and industry leaders to achieve positive outcomes for young people and divert them from the criminal justice system. There are currently 68 PCYCs in NSW, all run by dedicated and committed Police Youth Case Managers and aimed at helping young people gain the skills required to secure employment.
Chris Adams, Senior Project Manager for PPS NSW, understands the value of forming local partnerships with schools and communities. When he heard that Maa was interested in a career at Programmed, he welcomed the opportunity to give him a go.
“I thank PCYC for bringing Maa in for an Interview. He has not missed a day since he started and we are pleased to have him. Everyone that has worked with Maa has enjoyed his presence and work ethic. The PCYC program that Maa took part in is not only a testament to Maa but to the great work PCYC do with young people in preparing them for the workplace” he said.