Charlie building towards a successful future
Charlie started in the Work Ready, Release Ready (WRRR) program in April 2018 at the Cadell Training Centre. Charlie’s goal was to find employment in construction but had a range of barriers to address. This included overcoming his offender history, lack of work experience, dealing with anxiety and housing instability.
Charlie was originally released to his sister’s house, and WRRR assisted him with booking in a Centrelink Assessment (ESAt) and linking him with a jobactive provider.
Charlie was not expecting to experience as much anxiety as he did. He found himself not engaging socially with friends, and was also nervous about making contact with his children now he had been released. Charlie’s mentor focussed on addressing his anxiety before focussing on employment. Charlie worked on this, and found that after a couple of months he was ready to find work.
Charlie attended a number of job interviews, with WRRR assisting him in his interview preparation and how to best discuss his offender history. Five months later, Charlie was successful in gaining employment in meat production, a role he had never done before.Not long after commencing employment, unfortunately Charlie’s housing situation fell through, and he found himself living in his car. He found it difficult to rest for work, and soon fell out of employment. Charlie moved in with a friend, but did not let his circumstances get him down. Within a month, he found a new role as a Trades Assistant, and kept working towards his goal of working in construction.
Recently, Charlie was successful finding a role in a construction labour hire company, who are very pleased with his work. He is now living in a share house, and is very thankful for the support of the WRRR program.