Luke's Story

Luke's Story

A kick start to a career for a youth client in Port Augusta, South Australia.

Filled with high hopes of a future career in the construction industry, Luke came to Workskil Australia unemployed and lacking work experience.

Luke was finding it difficult to secure work in his regional town which was seeing a down turn in the labour market. Luke’s limited on-the-job experience and training didn’t help his cause.

Through the Transition to Work program, Workskil Australia supported Luke to complete a Certificate II in Civil Construction and purchased all of his required personal protective equipment (PPE).

Luke’s job coach transported him daily to his course, and supported him to gain his provisional driver’s license. He also gained a white card, confined space ticket, and working at heights and on elevated platform certifications.

With Luke now ‘job-ready’, the employment hunt began!

Luke’s Transition to Work job coach contacted several businesses in the Port Augusta area, and used the government’s new PaTH internship initiative to secure work experience for Luke with the Port Augusta Steel Centre.

During Luke’s internship as a Trade Assistant, his job coach stayed in weekly contact, including mentoring and on-site visits. The employer’s needs were also met by funding and arranging Luke’s forklift licence.

At the four week mark of a highly-successful internship, Luke’s life turned around – he was offered full-time, paid employment with Port Augusta Steel Centre. They were very impressed with his enthusiasm, hard work, and ability to learn new skills.

The internship arrangement was a critical component of Luke’s employment journey. While Luke was enthusiastic and eager to work, his age and inexperience were difficult barriers to overcome. By partnering with Workskil Australia, we were able to open doors for him that would have otherwise stayed firmly closed.

Congratulations Luke, we’re very proud of you!

For more information about Transition to Work or the PaTH internship initiative, contact Workskil Australia on 1300 967 575.