Plans have been unveiled for a major redevelopment on the site of the former Coffs Harbour Catholic Club. Key Employment has purchased the premises with plans to run a disability, employment, training and youth headquarters on the property.
Key Employment youth services manager Jodi Wood said facilities included in the development would help address youth unemployment. “Our region has a massive problem with youth unemployment and the growing number of disengaged at-risk young people. This new site will provide a safe, modern and exciting place to extend our Kids and the Power of Work program – a transition program from school to employment.”
Key Employment chief executive Chris Worboys said the development would help meet the estimated 500 new workers needed in the disability field by 2020. “We want to deliver a well-planned and universally designed suite of offices and activities that can position Key Employment as the leading advocate for employment for disadvantaged people and as a leader in preparing our community for the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 2016 is Key Employment’s 25th anniversary and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate and to look forward to working from this location for another 25 years.”
Key Employment programs will be moved to the site in stages, within the organisation expected to fully transition to the property within two years.
The news has been met with excitement from business and community leaders, including Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce president George Cecato who described it as a, “great result for a big supporter of the local community.”
“Key Employment has changed my life by getting me a job and helping me start my career. They check on my progress regularly and are always there to offer support if I need it.”
“My son is loving the KAPOW program. He said the whole group is really close and supportive of one another and he’s finding the Business course really interesting and relevant to what he wants to do with his life! That means so much to me, thanks Key Employment.”
“I think they are doing a great job. They are providing for my needs and they are there to help us. It’s nice to have some support without feeling afraid; they are very reassuring. I feel looked after and respected, and they allow support, but don’t take away your dignity.”
“I found the course to be interesting and have learnt a lot about animals. It has pointed me in the direction of my future which is looking brighter. I met new friends and highly enjoyed the trips we went on. I also loved the teacher; she is beautiful.”
“Now I don’t think I am below anybody. I feel different from what I used to believe. I am treated like an equal individual and my opinions are listened to with respect and courtesy.”