Riley finds his place again
18-year-old Riley lives in the picturesque country town Meeniyan outside of Leongatha VIC.
Upon joining Sureway’s Disability Employment Services program, Riley was shy and was experiencing barriers to finding work including mental health, social isolation and limited support networks. Riley was not able to complete his Year 12 schooling.
During COVID lockdown, Riley’s mental health deteriorated, and he found it very difficult to engage. He had previously worked with his family in the dairy industry, however, could not sustain this employment.
Riley worked with his Employment Consultant to source a new opportunity with local dairy farmer, Brett Mcknight as a Milker. The opportunity was secured with a paid work trial which would give Riley an opportunity to ease back into the industry and show his skills.
Over his 6 shifts, Riley shined and was offered ongoing casual employment. A Government Wage Subsidy meant that Riley has now secured 15 hours of work per week and he recently celebrated his 6-month work anniversary.
Feedback from Riley’s new boss Brett is that he is one of his most reliable and polite workers.
Riley’s Employment Consultant said “Brett has become a mentor for Riley and we can see Riley’s confidence growing. He is building a great rapport with his work colleagues.”
“From a shy young man with very little confidence to a strong, fit independent worker. Riley’s life has been changed and he is now back in the dairy industry and participating in his community.”