WHEN work dried up, qualified electrician Lachlan Kent struggled to find employment in his rural town of
Thanks to MAX Employment's VTEC program in Western Downs, Mr Kent was able to secure ongoing-full time
work with Skill Centred in Queensland as a Work for the Dole supervisor.
"Being out of work was really stressful. I wasn't sure what would happen next," he said.
"I was a bit worried at that stage. I had a house and car that needed to be paid off so I needed work."
Mr Kent said that landing a job with Skill Centred was a huge relief for him and he was grateful to be back in
"It felt great getting work. You've just got to stay open minded. You've got to apply for jobs and go for it. And
once you do get a job, hang onto it," he said.
The VTEC program connects Indigenous Australian job seekers to employment - a key program feature being a guaranteed job before job-specific training.
Based on the GenerationOne employment model, the VTEC program has had enormous success and is rapidly
approaching their biggest ever milestone of 5,000 placements.
Skill Centred manager Arthur Hartley said he was a fan of the VTEC program and is using it to employ Work
for the Dole supervisors all over regional Queensland.
"We manage Work for the Dole programs for MAX Employment, and have hired VTEC participants to run the
programs in Cunnamulla, Charleville, Mitchell and have Lachlan in Quilpie," he said.
"I've had huge benefits from the VTEC program with MAX. The support is invaluable for me.
"It's mostly sorting out work and personal life issues with the supervisor or participant, but it's also been training for some of the supervisors where necessary."
Having been employed for more than six months Mr Kent said the future was looking bright and he continued to
learn new things each day.
"I learned a lot through my apprenticeship, but I'm learning different things here. It's hands-on which I like. It's
different kind of work," he said.
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