Billy is a 22-year-old Larrakia and Tiwi Islander young man, born and bred in Darwin. After finishing school, Billy became disillusioned with work – he tried a few jobs however they weren’t a good fit. Billy knew he wanted to work in construction, however he was stuck, as he didn’t know how to get a start in the industry. After a period of disengagement from employment, Billy heard from friends that YouthWorX NT could help him kick-start his career, so he decided to take the plunge and sign up to the Transition to Work service.
Once he began his Transition to Work journey Billy rediscovered his drive and passion for a meaningful career. He attended various sessions that helped him gain clarity around possible occupations of interest and decided that his ideal pathway was to become a Carpenter. Billy also attended mock interview and Launchpad workshop sessions that helped to build his confidence, and that taught him how to put his best foot forward in job interviews. Billy said a big yes to driving lessons provided by YouthWorX NT, which supported him in attaining his drivers’ license – a key asset in his search for employment.
Before too long, Billy was shortlisted for a Carpentry Apprenticeship with one of YouthWorX NT’s employer partners, Jaytex Construction. As one of three contenders for the role Billy was naturally nervous, however after a few tense days post-interview he finally got the call he was waiting for – he had made the selection and would be offered the apprenticeship.
Billy is learning new skills daily and is now well on the path to becoming a fully qualified Carpenter – earning an excellent living while doing his dream job.
Since joining Jaytex Construction full-time, his employer has given Billy rave reviews –
“His polite and hardworking nature are a great fit for the culture of the company”.