Just like many school leavers, Dylan knew he didn’t want to go onto further study or university, but also knew that he needed to leave school with a plan for the future.
A teacher at Dylan’s high school, Fran, contacted atWork Australia in Nowra to seek vocational guidance for Dylan. Living with autism and a behavioural condition, Dylan was immediately matched with Job Coaches Anna and Fiona, to discuss his options and find a path that would work for him.
Anna and Fiona went to the high school to meet with Fran, Dylan and his dad. After chatting for some time with Dylan about his aspirations and what he enjoyed doing, they all agreed a ‘tradie’ role would be ideal.
Dylan was already undertaking work experience with A & R Contracting in Berry and was loving the manual tasks and the hard work. If at all possible, it would make sense if Dylan could stay with people he knew and the job duties he was already comfortable with.
Anthony from A&R Contracting already understood what it was like to be a young apprentice having completed his own carpentry apprenticeship and then working hard to grow his business. Anna made direct contact with Anthony to discuss what options he thought would be available for Dylan.
Anna arranged for Anthony to connect with Sarina Russo Apprenticeships to create a Civil Construction Apprenticeship opportunity for Dylan.
This meant he could transition immediately from school into the role he already loved, with people he felt comfortable with.
Dylan is now completing an on-site Certificate III in Civil Construction which suits his practical, hands-on approach to learning. It is this collaborative approach between atWork Australia and several others, working together to enable Dylan to be able to strive for and reach his employment goals.
Anthony says, “Dylan is an enthusiastic apprentice, who will obtain his trade qualifications and open gateways in his own development.”
atWork Australia and Anna will continue to assist Dylan, together with A&R Contracting, through post-placement support. It is with this ongoing assistance that Dylan will keep growing in confidence. Everyone is looking forward to seeing him excel in his chosen field.