KAPOW: Key Employment staff and KAPOW students with Mayor Denise Knight just before the students gave a presentation.
KAPOW: Key Employment staff and KAPOW students with Mayor Denise Knight just before the students gave a presentation. Gemima Harvey

KAPOW program is winning over students

KEY Employment has created an alternative learning channel, building confidence and competence in teenagers who slipped through the cracks of the traditional classroom.

This week , seven students from its Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW) program briefed Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight, on what the course has meant to them. For Jason Atkinson, 16, its been a game changer.

"I like the KAPOW program much more than school. I wasn't doing well at school and was very naughty," he said.

"KAPOW has changed me and through the course I've gained confidence."

Cr Knight couldn't help but be impressed

"School is wonderful but it's not suited to everyone, for some kids it's like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole," Cr Knight said.

"I am so proud to have this in our city. The teachers are fantastic and Key Employment has found the key to re-energising these kids and making them hungry to learn."

Disability employment services manager Jodi Wood said as well as qualifying students for a Certificate in Business II course KAPOW taught skills like budgeting and customer service.

"To get a sense of how much the kids are enjoying the course you just need to look at attendance rates," she said.

For further information contact Simon on 6691 9999.



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