Guy finally gets his dream job

Guy was finding it hard to keep a job because of family and other issues. When Guy started yet another job, this time in a traineeship, he was provided with a mentor under The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People program to help him keep on track. Guy not only finished his traineeship, he was helped into a bricklaying apprenticeship, something he always wanted but didn’t think was possible.

Guy is 23, lives in the Illawarra area and has a family to look after. About 15 months ago he was assisted by a group training organisation into a job with a construction company. Guy had been identified someone needing lots of support. He said he’d never finished anything due to a variety of reasons – family problems, travel difficulties, disenchantment with jobs and tasks. Because he wasn’t sure, he didn’t like to ask, and didn’t feel part of the team.

Guy Cuttill and Chez HonessChez Honess was assigned to mentor Guy. Chez is contracted to the Department of Industry under The Way Ahead Program to provide a range of services which help Aboriginal apprentices and trainees deal with the various stresses in the workplace and help them remain in employment. Chez provided almost weekly contact - to make it easy for Guy to confide in her, to give him opportunity to talk things out and to refer him to other services. Chez also provided a lot of support to his employer and supervisor to help them understand and deal with Guy’s needs in the workplace and with his training.

Guy finished his traineeship successfully and received a Certificate of Proficiency in April 2011. Chez and her network of support services then helped Guy into an apprenticeship in bricklaying. He is working with a supportive and hardworking team, has now passed through the probationary period and has a 100% attendance pattern. His family and friends are so proud of him, and his self esteem has grown enormously.

Guy CuttillChez is very proud too and does not regret one minute of the time she spent helping Guy. She is still mentoring Guy but it's less often - Guy is standing on his own two feet now and has a promising future in his career and community.

Find out more information on the Way Ahead for Aboriginal People and how to contact your nearest Aboriginal Training Co-ordinator:

Phone:13 28 11

Page last updated: 08 April 2016