‘Employment has changed my life’
Reece commenced with Sureway January 2021. Aged 20, the West Wyalong youth had left school after Year 10. He had no formal work experience, no driver’s licence and no strong role models in his life to support him.
Reece was linked with Consultant Liz who put together a plan to address Reece’s existing barriers and get him on the road to employment and a better future.
They started with driving lessons via Birrang Enterprises – an Orange based organization providing employment and related services to Aboriginal people of NSW. They both agreed that being mobile and able to travel to and from work independently was a key tool for Reece to move forward.
Reece and Liz also built a brand new resume that highlighted his skills and interests. With a keen eye to pursue labouring-type roles, Reece also successfully gained his White Card to increase his employment readiness.
Throughout their regular contacts, Liz spent time mentoring and coaching Reece to build his confidence and belief in his own abilities. When she felt he was ready, Liz approached a local painting business about potential positions.
Reece aced his interview and the business employed him with the support of a Government Wage Subsidy. After just two months of work, Reece’s new employer is looking to have him undertake an Apprenticeship in Painting.
“Reece has improved immensely since starting with me 2 months ago. He shows initiative and has a keen interest in every aspect of the business.” Said the employer.
About his journey so far, Reece said:
“I never thought of working as a Painter but when my Consultant Liz spoke with me about it, I jumped at the opportunity to give it go. I thoroughly enjoy painting and am excited to be given the opportunity to further my life with a trade qualification and career.
Employment has changed my life, and has given me a purpose and reason to get out of bed each morning. I’m excited for what my future holds.”
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