In many ways, Mark* is now like lots of young workers in regional Australia – completing an apprenticeship, building his skills and planning his future.
But to get to this position, with a clear career path ahead of him, Mark needed some extra support.
The 16-year-old was good with his hands, enjoyed working with tools and was energetic, but unsure about what to do next.
He was struggling with school and showing interest in an electrical apprenticeship. But he lacked the connections to get his foot in the door.
Linking with CVGT Australia through our Transition to Work program instantly opened up his options.
He was supported by youth employment specialist, Lacey.
“On the first day Mark registered with our Transition to Work program, I contacted 25 businesses and sent out his resume to ask for a work trial,” she says.
“Before long we had responses from four local employers all offering him an opportunity to show his stuff. They were builders, plumbers and electricians.”
After completing the trials, Mark decided to go against his initial preference and start a carpentry apprenticeship.
Starting an apprenticeship or traineeship is a great way to earn while you learn. Those involved come away with a nationally-recognised qualification and skills that are in demand.
Transition to Work has a strong focus on practical support and work experience to build skills, confidence and readiness for work.
Lacey’s support quickly won Mark’s trust, showing him that she was in his corner and ready to help him find the meaningful work he wanted.
“He was so grateful to us for working so hard to get him into employment,” Lacey says.
*The young person’s name has been changed for this story.