Sharn* joined the Work Ready, Release Ready (WRRR) program in April 2018 from the Adelaide Pre-Release Centre. Prior to her incarceration, she had a history of substance use that began at the age of 13 years old, and had a child at an early age. She had no work history and very limited education. During her incarceration, Sharn* identified that she wanted to study and find employment, however options for education at the prison were limited at the time.
WRRR assisted Sharn* to develop her employment and education goals, and helped her to write a resume. Sharn* suffered from low self-confidence, conscious of the fact that she had no working history, and was easily identified if someone was to look her up on the internet. Sharn* was linked with a job club at her Workforce Australia services provider, once she was eligible at the Adelaide Pre-Release Centre. Sharn’s* mentor helped her to obtain a Work Zone Traffic Management ticket, Learners permit, White Card and build her confidence to start applying for work.
Sharn* attended a number of job interviews that she was not successful for, however she did not let this get her down and continued to apply for positions. She found a volunteer role and learnt a number of employment-related skills, which improved her confidence immensely.
Soon after, Sharn* gained a role as a shop attendant. She travelled a long distance to get to work, however she made it there every day using public transport. She continued to apply for work that was closer to home, and recently found a full-time role near her home, making transport much easier. Congratulations Sharn*. *name changed