From Tara (Employment Retention Mentor)
I had a meeting with the local owners of Rock Off Hervey Bay, Jayne and Tim in the first week of February. They are both very well known around the town and are great mentors around the Community. They own the local skate park in town and provide employment to the youth that need a helping hand. Tim and Jayne have owned the non- for profit business for many years and believe in supporting our youth around the Fraser Coast. Tim mentioned they have found 16 youth full time employment in many years with their connections. Throughout our meeting he mentioned that Employment First Aid may be able to support their young full time worker, Craig.
Craig is a 20 year old male who needs all the support he can. He has been homeless, jobless and even family-less. He is currently living with his girlfriends family and they support him 100%. He depends on his job to keep his head above water in order to pay off debt, keep a roof over his head and live everyday life.
I was told that Jayne and Tim were in a hard place, they mentioned to Craig on giving him a job opportunity, that he will need to fund is own First Aid Certificate and Blue card to keep his job. With each passing week they were asking him, how he was going saving for the tickets. They didn’t want to let him go, but they needed him to have these tickets to remain employed. I meet with Craig on the 6th of February and immediately saw he was such a genuine, loyal hard working youth who loved his job and was good at it. We signed him up with program and within 2 weeks, Craig had completed his First Aid Certificate. Employment First Aid paid $140 for the course and he passed it with flying colours.
He was forever thankful to Employment First Aid, that they would support him, pay for his First Aid and be there for any issues he may have. We recently lodged the paperwork to support Craig obtain a Blue Card so he can keep his job at Rock Off Hervey Bay.
It is my favourite part of the job supporting Youth who maybe would lose opportunities, keep opportunities!