VTEC participant Brett Simpson persevered with the Foundation’s pre-employment program for almost 9 months before landing a job as a Radiator Fitter with Cor Cooling in early January.
Brett said this job has meant a lot for him and his family, especially with a new baby on the way.
"I love it here. I want to stay here and hopefully work here for the next 5 or 10 years, or as long as I can.
"It’s a good experience and I just love doing all the different types of work they do here...I just love it," he said.
He said support from his mentors and getting up for Fit 4 Work every Thursday morning was what kept him motivated.
“The biggest thing I learnt is just to stick at it and not give up and eventually they will find you a job. As long as you do the hard yards, they will help you,” he said.
He said programs like Fit 4 Work give more Aboriginal people opportunity.
"You know we have our struggles but just seeing them, they’re always happy and want to motivate you and are keen to get you a job, it makes it way easier having them.
"It’s good to have someone there who can support you along the way.
"I have a few cousins who have got jobs through the Foundation, so I just thought I’d give it a go and it worked out alright," Brett said.
Wirrpanda Foundation Mentor Jamie said Brett always had a great attitude and willingness to listen, learn and participate in any activity thrown at him.
"When I first met Brett I could see straight away how determined he was to getting full time employment.
"He was very patient and stayed committed to the program.
Jamie said he sailed through the interview and two days later found himself working full time at Cor Cooling.
"Months later we are getting nothing but great feedback on Brett.
He has grabbed this opportunity with both hands and is very thankful to have been given the chance," he said.
The Wirrpanda Foundation’s employment programs are kindly supported by Shell and the Australian Federal Government.