Wesley Nelson, Dakoda Denman, Michael Darby, Sandy Zgbheib and Aldona Augustus get to work on their virtual reality game. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano

Story : Herald Sun / North West Hume Leader
October 28, 2016  – 
YOUNG people from Broadmeadows are creating a prototype virtual reality game based on their own experiences in the workforce.

The group is developing the game as part of the 20Squared youth employment program, available to people aged 16 to 24.

The initiative helps participants build their knowledge and practical skills in the disability and community services sector through training for the information technology and multimedia sectors.

In addition, they complete a Certificate in General ­Education for Adults and a Disability Induction Program certificate.

The program, funded by the Federal Government’s Department of Employment, is being delivered by Workforce Plus at the Broadmeadows Study Precinct during the next nine months.

The 20Squared Project Broadmeadows job coach Wendy Mason said it was “a real buzz” for the young ­participants to see the virtual ­reality game taking shape as they gained their own work skills.

“It is fantastic to see a program being delivered that is in a jobs growth area – predicted at 25 per cent over the next five years – and has the potential to lead to real employment pathway outcomes,” she said.

Ms Mason said the young people were also looking for voluntary and work ­placements for a digital diary, which would be used to create a short film.