Noosa’s School of Rock is offering free guitar lessons for unemployed persons who are prepared to take on some light promotional work in exchange.
Noosa’s School of Rock is offering free guitar lessons for unemployed persons who are prepared to take on some light promotional work in exchange. Contributed

School rocks world for unemployed

BENEFITS for the unemployed do not usually rock this hard.

The Noosa School of Rock is dealing out free guitar lessons for those without a job in exchange for some light promotional work.

Local business owner Steven Smythe said unemployment was a challenging experience for anyone.

“This course is a way to get out of your rut, learn new skills and get the momentum you need to break the cycle,” Mr Smythe said.

“In return, all we ask is they help with handing out some promotional flyers. I can’t see a bad side to it.”

This is the first time such a course has been offered by the School of Rock.

Mr Smythe has written a 10-week novice guitar course that would normally cost $800 and is giving away 20 free places.

He said there were up to eight additional spots available at a cost of $5 per session.

The one-hour weekly sessions will build practical music skills and the ability to think musically.

For attendees who wish to pursue further study at the end of the course, completion guarantees eligibility for enrolment into the school’s Austudy-approved, full time Certificate III in Music.

“Having a creative outlet for your spare time is just the start,” Mr Smythe said. “Committing to regular practice, applying yourself to set tasks, developing patience, self- discipline and perseverance will build invaluable personal skills that are directly transferable to the workplace, developing self-confidence and improving chances of securing employment in the future.”

Teachers will include final-year students studying the Diploma of Music through the School of Rock.

Upon completion, students will receive a certificate and character reference for their resume.“Most employers are willing to train someone for a position if they’ve got the right attitude. This will be a great opportunity for someone who isn’t currently working to show they have that,” Mr Smythe said.

Noosa’s Employment Services Queensland site manager Catherine Vinall welcomed the program.

“This sounds like a great opportunity for the unemployed,” she said.

Students will need a guitar to participate, or can make arrangements through Billy Hyde Music in Maroochydore.

If anyone has an old guitar they would like to donate to the cause, they are welcome to drop it off to Noosa School of Rock at 8/11 Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Heads.

To participate in the program call Mr Smythe on 0415 195 710.