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    How old is your DD, Threadkiller? (love your user name, by the way)

    And when you say "no one does volunteer work for work experience", what do you mean? She might not get to volunteer in the area of interest (where she would preferably work later), but having some sort of volunteering down (whether it is human/animal or environmental welfare) it will look fantastic on her resume!

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    She 17 in may, She wants to work in a coffee shop atm and they said that they dont do stuff like that. Maybe if she goes to st vinnies or something along those lines.

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    It really shouldn't be too hard for her to ger volunteer work especially if she tries all the typical places: RSPCA, Salvos, St. vinnies, etc..
    Is she at school? A lot of time work experience can be organised by guidance counselor or a teacher. We had it offered to us when i was at school.
    Otherwise, is she after a specfic type of job or just anything? If she wants to start off doing anything just to get her foot in the door and gain some experience, she should go around handing in resumes/applying at fast food places. Fast food jobs love employing people at your DD's age because they are cheap and they are usually always on the look out for new staff because they have such a high turn over rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Threadkiller View Post
    She 17 in may, She wants to work in a coffee shop atm and they said that they dont do stuff like that. Maybe if she goes to st vinnies or something along those lines.

    I chose that name because I do kill alot of threads haha
    Oh yeah, they can't take people on without paying them.

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    We can't take work experience people on ( unless it's the year 10 school one) as they would not be covered under our insurance ( workers comp, prof indemnity etc) -this is in an office though but I would assume it would be the same for any business?

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    I'm all for encouraging young people to get out there and try life so please don't take what I'm about to say in a negative way.

    Unpaid work or "trials" are illegal. She has to be paid.

    Unless your DD1 is with a TAFE or institution whereby she is covered by insurance and other requirements, then she cannot offer herself for unpaid work. Any responsible employer will know this and refuse her offer.

    The best thing to do is for her to register as a volunteer where she will be adequately covered. Just bear in mind this will affect her benefit status if she's receiving anything from Centrelink.

    Volunteering Australia is a good place to start.

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    I found it near on impossible to get volunteer work and I was as a uni nursing student. I found something in the end but I honestly contacted at least ten places, it was ridiculous, nobody contacts you back, they just ignore emails. It's really sad. I thought they loved volunteers but it certainly opened my eyes on how hard it is

    I don't see anything wrong with you calling a few places on behalf of your daughter. She still is a child. When my brother was in a similar predicament (he is now 19) my parents helped him as much as they could and actually found many workplaces actually enjoyed speaking to them and kept in contact about his progress.

    I hope she finds something soon. I remember being that age and it is really hard to know how to talk to people in the workforce especially bosses because of your age. It very easily becomes intimidating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caviar View Post
    Unpaid work or "trials" are illegal. She has to be paid.
    Reminds me when I was 18 I got a job but was given a week trial. It was working in a patisserie and I was told I could have lunch everyday. End of the week came, they refused to pay me saying it was a trial and never called me back. I did a full weeks work. I was so devastated. I really should have taken it further but because of my age I was intimidate and unfortunately I probably let these snakes continue doing it to the next person in line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caviar View Post
    I'm all for encouraging young people to get out there and try life so please don't take what I'm about to say in a negative way.

    Unpaid work or "trials" are illegal. She has to be paid.

    Unless your DD1 is with a TAFE or institution whereby she is covered by insurance and other requirements, then she cannot offer herself for unpaid work. Any responsible employer will know this and refuse her offer.

    The best thing to do is for her to register as a volunteer where she will be adequately covered. Just bear in mind this will affect her benefit status if she's receiving anything from Centrelink.

    Volunteering Australia is a good place to start.
    I havent taken what you said negatively at all, I should have relised its illegal as she had a trial a few weeks back at a shop and the owner wouldnt pay for all the hours she worked for, I made him

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    Have you looked into short barista type courses? I'm sure if she did something like this it might greatly increase her chances.


 

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