Matthew Garner is taking part in one of The Career Training Company’s construction courses.
Matthew Garner is taking part in one of The Career Training Company’s construction courses. Scottie Simmonds

Long ride in search for work

TEENAGER Matthew Garner is so desperate to break out of the ranks of the unemployed he is prepared to cycle the 14km to Bundaberg from Sharon every day for work or training.

The ride in takes him about 45 minutes, but he has also walked in a couple of times to meet his commitments – a three-and-a-quarter-hour journey.

Matthew, 17, has demonstrated so much motivation, The Career Training Company has agreed to take him into a construction skills course that has already started.

“It’s difficult for young people who live in rural areas to get into town,” Matthew said.

He hopes to get work in the engineering and construction industries.

“I’ll start off as a labourer and hopefully work my way up,” he said.

Brenton Stephens, 20, and Phillip Pullen, 18, are both being trained in the hospitality and retail industries by The Career Training Company in the hope of getting jobs.

Mr Stephens said he had worked since he was 14, but a major car crash two years ago had left him unable to work for a while.

But he will be back on the hunt for a job as soon as he finishes his course.

He said success in work searching depended on whether you wanted to work.

“I’ve got friends who don’t want to work,” he said.

Mr Pullen hopes to get into the butchery trade when he finishes the course.

“This course is the best thing that has happened to me so far,” he said.

Tim Smith, a partner in The Career Training Company, said it provided accredited training that also looked at things such as motivation and presentation.

Mr Smith said it was hard for young people who had never had a job to learn to commit to turning up every day.

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