Joel determined to stay on the “straight and narrow” to find work
25 May 2020
Joel started working with Job Prospects after being involved with the Department of Justice. As a father, he was committed to staying on the “straight and narrow” to be able to support his family. He wanted to be able to earn his own income and afford to take his children out to do things.
Job Prospects works in partnership with the Department of Justice and Holmesglen Institute. We support students throughout their training and afterwards, to give them the best chance at connecting to employment opportunities as soon as they can. Joel completed a Skills Uplift program, which gives him training in civil construction duties, like traffic management and operating some machinery.
Joel remained motivated throughout the course, reportedly ignoring some of his rowdier peers so he could focus on completing the course and starting employment. Job Prospects helped him with a Myki (public transport) card to make sure he could travel to the training at Chadstone on time each day. He also decided to stop smoking, not wanting anything to ruin his chances at a fresh start.
Joel organised to start as a concrete labourer as soon as he was finished. To begin this new role, he needed to complete a driving course, pay licencing costs and do a first aid course. He was able to apply for funding for his driving costs, while Job Prospects paid for his first aid course and his personal protective equipment.
Taryn, Job Prospects Mornington Manager, has been in contact with Joel throughout his employment. She says he feels his life is going really well.
“He’s earning great money, has gotten his licence back, obtained his excavator ticket, and his employer will soon be putting him through his truck licence course, which will afford him additional hours at a higher pay rate.”
“I am so proud of Joel, and his dedication to improving his circumstances,” Taryn said.