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Indigenous client Yasmine started working with the Workforce Australia Mount Druitt atWork Australia team, and Job Coach, Kelly, when she was just 18 years old.

Yasmine left school in year 10 and has had a few roles in retail and warehousing since then.

Initially she wanted additional hours in the warehousing industry she was currently working in, as the hours she was getting weren’t enough.

She was often not attending appointments in person due to not having enough money for fuel, or to catch public transport.

Yasmine participated in a Women in Construction program which opened her mind to looking at new industries she hadn’t considered. She had some experience in the past learning to repair petrol pumps, so she spoke to her Job Coach about looking for an Apprenticeship as a Diesel Mechanic.

Employer Engagement Consultant, Kat, started looking for opportunities for her while her Job Coach supported her to gain her white card.

When the cost of attending became unaffordable for Yasmine, the atWork Australia team supported her financially with food vouchers and travel costs so she could continue to attend.

When an interview was lined up for Yasmine, she was connected to atWork Australia’s Indigenous Connections team, and mentor Kathleen.

“This is a critical time of their employment journey,” said Kathleen.

“Especially for someone who is only 18 years old.”

atWork Australia Indigenous Connections mentors are on the ground, supporting clients to overcome anxiety, to get to where they need to be, and to be part of their support system for interviews and the first weeks of a new job.

Kathleen also supported Yasmine to ensure she had work appropriate clothing.

“If our clients have the right support systems at this critical part of their employment journey, we find they are more likely to track towards longer employment outcomes.”

Kathleen will continue to support Yasmine until she is feeling comfortable and like part of the family in her new role and no longer needs the additional support.

“Employment in a male-dominated industry has opened Yasmine up to believing in herself as a woman and the belief that woman can do anything they set their minds to,” said Kathleen.

“Her long-term goal is to save up enough money for a house deposit.”

Every year, atWork Australia help thousands of clients like Yasmine, expand their skills and qualifications to help them gain the right job with the right employer. Call us today on 1300 080 856 or enquire online to find out how we can help you meet your career goals.

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