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KAPOW stands for Kids And the Power of Work. It is an education program that is designed for young people who are not attending school and is geared towards getting you ready for work.

KAPOW courses run for 6 months and they offer you the opportunity to complete an accredited course that is equivalent to the School Certificate.

As a student in KAPOW you will study a Certificate II in Business qualification, a personal development program and complete a work experience placement.

You will be required to attend Training at Key for two days a week to complete the classroom-based component of the program. For a further two days each week you will be assisted to gain a work placement in an area that interests you.

The classes at KAPOW usually have between 8 and 12 students in them. The small class size will help you work together with your class and trainer to complete your work in a supportive environment.

When you sign up for KAPOW you also register with Key Employment. You will be assigned a consultant who will work with you on your individual needs. They will also help you with many things including any personal or social problems you might be having. They will support you to complete your course work if you need extra assistance. Consultants will meet with you fortnightly and sometimes more if you need to.

KAPOW provides extra support for students with literacy and numeracy issues, we don’t leave anyone behind and the KAPOW team is right beside you every step of the way. All we ask it that you turn up and have a go!

KAPOW is a free course for students who meet eligibility criteria for Key Employment.

Cert II Business

The Certificate II in Business includes 12 course units selected from the following:

  • Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • Deliver a service to customers
  • Work effectively in a business environment
  • Handle mail
  • Produce simple word processed documents
  • Create and use spreadsheets
  • Organise and complete daily work activities
  • Use business equipment and resources
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Operate a personal computer
  • Operate retail technology
  • Apply retail food safety practices

The Business course will give you a good foundation for further study and/or your first employment position. Employability skills you will gain from this course include:

  • Communication
  • Team work
  • Problem-solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning & organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning
  • Technology

Personal Development

Alongside your formal learning, the KAPOW course offers a very diverse and interesting personal development program. This program is designed to give you life skills and knowledge about topics that are important to you. The program covers issues and areas such as:

  • Drugs & alcohol
  • Sexual health
  • Budgeting
  • Bullying
  • Domestic violence
  • Housing
  • Identity (we will assist you to open a bank account, apply for a healthcare card, ID, Medicare card, birth certificate)
  • Cooking (nutrition and healthy lifestyle)
  • Hygiene and personal presentation (we can buy you new clothes for work or help you pay for a hairdresser)
  • Get fit activities
  • Motivation & self-esteem
  • Learner driver instruction (we will help you prepare for your L plate test and then pay for you to complete it)

Graffiti Art

As part of KAPOW you will be given the opportunity to complete a graffiti art program run by well-known local artist Ash Johnston.

Ash’s classes give you an opportunity to learn special spray painting techniques to help bring your own artwork to life. Your class will also be given the opportunity to complete a mural for a community group or business.

KAPOW artworks can be seen around the mid north coast and include Key Employment’s Community HQ, Coffs Harbour Showground, Sawtell tennis courts, Woopi High School, Kronic Tattoo Grafton, Deadly Factor Mural @ the Jetty Theatre, Plaster Paradise Coffs Harbour & Nambucca Heads Youth Centre.

Helpful links

KAPOW’s facebook group

Key Employment’s facebook page


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