Billie’s journey to employment success was transformative through VPG’s Work Skills program, funded by the QLD Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work intiative. Having left school in Year 10, Billie found the program’s hands-on practical learning style to be a perfect fit for her skills and capabilities, helping her gain a diverse skill set and secure fulfilling outdoor employment aligned with her aspirations.
Through the program, Billie undertook accredited rural operations training, earning relevant tickets, licences, and qualifications that supported her employment goals. She learned skills in machinery maintenance and operations, workplace health and safety, and working at heights and in confined spaces. In addition, she actively participated in weekly employability skills workshops, where she gained advanced job searching and interview skills, and developed an understanding of employer expectations in the recruitment process and workplace. She actively participated in industry visits, providing her with valuable insights into various career pathways, and completed work experience in horticulture, where she gained practical hands-on experience and expertise in the field.
As an extension of the program, VPG supported Billie in obtaining her forklift licence, expanding her employment prospects even further. With her newly acquired skills and qualifications, she was motivated and determined to secure employment aligned with her aspirations. When a position was advertised with FNQ Cable Locators, despite the required skill set being more advanced than what Billie initially possessed, she decided to go for it, believing in herself and her capabilities.
Impressed by her determination and motivation, Ross Clarke, Managing Director of FNQ Cable Locators, interviewed Billie for the position. Recognising the knowledge, skills, and qualifications she gained through VPG’s Work Skills program, he created a position that allowed her to grow within the company and continue advancing her skill set. Since joining FNQ Cable Locators, Billie has become known as an “all-rounder,” contributing to installation, maintenance, and all cabling needs. Ross speaks highly of Billie’s progress, stating, “Billie has come along really well since starting with us. I didn’t know how she was going to handle the conditions out here, but she’s really impressed me. She uses her initiative and is not afraid to delegate.”
Billie attributes her success to VPG and the Work Skills program. She said, “VPG’s Work Skills program changed my life. I learned so many new skills, and it gave me the motivation to go after something that I really wanted. Working at FNQ Cable Locators is amazing. I love everything about my job. It’s hard work but really rewarding.”
Billie’s success is a testament to the effectiveness of the program in providing young people with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to pursue their desired employment opportunities and achieve their goals. Her journey exemplifies the power of determination, hard work, and access to quality training and support. With her newfound skills and qualifications, Billie is on track to achieving a fulfilling and successful career.
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