With a dream of becoming a mechanical electrician from a young age, Casey recently began searching for different avenues to pursue his passion after having given up as a teenager.
BUSY At Work was contacted by Casey’s employment agency to discuss his interest in joining the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program. Shortly after, Casey received a call from our team and was signed up into a Certificate II in Automotive.
“This course has given me a second chance at my dream job, which I didn’t think was possible,” said Casey.
The Skilling Queenslanders for Work program is a set of short courses funded and supported by the Queensland Government, offering unemployed and under-employed people from 15 years and over an opportunity to gain skills and training for employment.
The Automotive course is just one of the many Skilling Queenslanders for Work courses offered through BUSY At Work and Skill360, along with courses in Land and Conservation Management, Construction, Retail, Hospitality, Barbering, and Community Services.
Typically a 5-week course, Casey completed his Certificate in half that time as he had existing experience with picking apart engines and learning about all the different components. To showcase his skills, Casey was given more challenging tasks like replacing wheel bearings, fixing trailer lights and much more.
“Once signed off in the course, I ended up helping everyone else complete their work which was a lot of fun,” said Casey.
Through BUSY At Work’s extensive employment contacts, Casey was successful in acquiring a Light-Vehicle Mechanic apprenticeship with Westpoint Autos at Seventeen Mile Rocks, after first completing three weeks of work experience.
Casey’s advice for anyone thinking of signing up to the program is, “Definitely do it, the course really does help.”
More information on currently available Skilling Queenslanders for Work courses and eligibility criteria can be found here.