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Your network is an essential aspect of searching for a job. This can be difficult when you find yourself in a new town, unfamiliar with what employment opportunities are available and no pre-established social network.

This was the predicament Josh was in after moving to the Echuca region. Josh wanted to work and knew if could just get a start somewhere, he could build on that experience.

The 19-year-old joined CVGT’s Transition to Work (TtW) program where he was able to learn about the local area, gain insights into the job industry and form connections with local employers.

Despite not having an employment history, it was quickly established that Josh was job ready – he had good communication skills, confidence, a mature outlook and presented well.

Josh has a passion for banking. Although he managed to secure an interview for a traineeship in a bank, his lack of employment history made him unsuccessful. This motivated the young indigenous man even more to secure a job and build his employment foundations.

TtW was contacted by JV Property Maintenance who had a cleaning position. Josh was enthusiastic and undertook mock interviews in preparation for this opportunity. He prepared well, had an up-to-date resume and a positive attitude.

Josh was successful in gaining the position and is completing 20-30 hours per week. He has continued his success in this role and achieved this result after spending two months in the TtW program.

Josh says he now feels like he has become a better person and feels less stressed knowing he can support himself and his family during these difficult times.

“I honestly feel like a different person; I feel more organised, I feel more confident in speaking with people, I’m learning how to save money and manage a budget a lot better.

“I just feel like a better person!”

To learn more about the Transition to Work (TtW) program, call us on 132 848.

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