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Our Partner Johnson Controls Australia Leading The Way

Published on 2 Nov 2021

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We love partnering with great companies that share our beliefs and values!

On Wednesday, 20th October, the JTAcademy delivered a 2-hour JTSucceed employment workshop at Marsden State High School in partnership with Johnson Controls.

Our employment programs aim to impact Australia’s high youth unemployment rate by equipping participants with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to transition from school life into employment.

Our JT Academy program facilitators, Chloe and Gabriel, delivered the first half of the workshop, which was reserved for Indigenous-identified students and sponsored by Johnsons Controls.

The workshop was a great success, with Johnathan Thurston’s story being used as an example of creating a personal brand and how to positively carry yourself as an individual.

The participants gained behind the scenes insight into the life of our Managing Director and what it means to lead a life with confidence, courage and self-belief.

The kids also explored the importance of appropriate social media use in the workplace and how to leave a digital footprint that appeals to prospective employers.

The second half of the workshop was reserved for our JTLeadLikeAGirl participants, we had the great honour of bringing Johnson Controls’ employees Sarah Loose and Cassandra Rowan along.

Sarah and Cassandra shared their own stories, including their experiences throughout their apprenticeship and tradesman’s years, and how becoming qualified electricians helped them through their career progression.

Cassandra Rowan called the morning a ‘wonderful opportunity for all involved’ and Sarah Loose said ‘after the workshop I had a great time talking with the girls, sharing my career journey and seeing them demonstrate confidence, self-belief and courage.”

Our JTLeadLikeAGirl girls were left with great inspiration, and we thank Johnson Controls, Cassandra Rowan and Sarah Loose for their leadership.

We hope to run more programs like this in the future.


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