Darnell has found his calling protecting the community as the newest addition of the G-TEC Security team in Wagga Wagga.
CVGT Australia first met Darnell, a proud Wiradjuri man, when he joined the Disability Employment Services program.
Darnell had a strong will to secure meaningful employment, but his experiences with anxiety and depression led him to seek specialised support.
CVGT Australia consultant Jayde worked closely with Darnell, identifying his talents, strengths and interests.
“Darnell is a very motivated young man,” she says. “We noticed he cared deeply for others and wanted to be part of the Wagga community.”
Jayde enrolled Darnell into a fee-free Certificate II in Security Operations and helped him obtain his security licence.
“It was a priority for us to check in with Darnell during the course – visiting him in classes and keeping in touch with his teachers,” she says. “This kind of support makes all the difference.”
Adopting a holistic approach to providing employment services, CVGT Australia linked in with Employment Pathways.
Together, CVGT Australia and Employment Pathways were able to closely support Darnell with all areas of his life – getting him on the path to success, both personally and professionally.
“We assisted with food relief, as well as transport to and from the security course,” Employment Pathways co-coordinator Mick Rumble says.
“We then referred Darnell to the ‘Rent It Keep It’ course to learn about independent living skills – with assistance from Anglicare, he secured a private rental property.”
Since commencing employment, Darnell has bought a car and has enjoyed the benefits of full-time employment. He is now saving up to travel overseas.
“We have seen a huge growth in Darnell’s confidence, and are proud of the achievements Darnell has made since finding employment,” Jayde says.
“A new car, new home and next, a holiday – it looks like his hard work is paying off. The team are enjoying being on the journey with him.”
Darnell has some short, yet sound advice for anyone searching for work, or ready for a fresh start.
“It might be hard at first, but it’s worth it.”