Already a role model in his hometown of Mapoon, a small community outside of Weipa, Royston was chasing his musical dreams in Melbourne when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Australia. As a result of strict lockdown measures, the sound of Royston’s live performing opportunities fell silent.
Moving back to his roots in Far North Queensland, Royston engaged with VPGs Transition to Work Program to build on his strengths and talents and start exploring his employment opportunities.
With career counselling and intensive pre-employment training, Royston strengthened his work readiness skills, boosting his confidence to explore employment prospects outside of his deeply embedded musical aspirations.
VPG identified a Business Administration Traineeship opportunity with Cape York Land Council (CYLC) with specific traditional custodian requirements. Identifying as a young Thanakwithi man, Royston fit the criteria of the position. Excited about the prospects of working for an organisation committed to preserving the land and culture of his people, Royston applied for the position with the support of VPG.
Through the recruitment process, Royston was identified as a standout candidate, leading him to successfully secure the role. The traineeship has allowed Royston to learn new skills from across the organisation, building an understanding about land management, governance and administration.
Providing funded self-contained accommodation within walking distance to the CYLC office, the opportunity has enriched Royston’s independence and he is excited to find a new passion outside of his musical realm.
With a strong passion and drive to create positive change for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, Royston is fulfilling his career aspirations and is excited for his future.
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