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Rodhan lands his dream job through BUSY

Brisbane based Rodhan Rai is a young man destined to have a successful career ahead of him.

After moving from Nepal five years ago with his family, the 20 year old struggled to obtain full-time work until linking up with BUSY At Work’s Project Coordinator Mentor, Valerie Osburn.

Last December Rodhan completed a Certificate II in Hospitality funded through the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) initiative.

While Rodhan performed very well during the course, Rodhan had dreams of pursuing another career he had been introduced to by his father.

Having mentored Rodhan with his work readiness skills in resume writing and interview techniques Valerie said Rodhan was determined to achieve fulltime employment in his desired career.

“Whilst Rodhan was completing his hospitality course he discussed with me his ambition to try and secure an apprenticeship as a roof plumber, however with no construction experience behind him, this was proving to be a difficult challenge.”

“I phoned, BUSY At Work’s Contact Officer, Taren Cooper and asked her if she knew of any Group Training Organisations who may have had a vacancy for a roof plumber.”

“Taren spoke to OSMAC and forwarded on Rodhan’s resume. After a successful interview Rodhan commenced employment with OSMAC on 18 January as an apprentice roof plumber,” Ms Osburn said.

Rodhan soon found that he was not suited to being a Roof Plumber but had such a great attitude to work that OSMAC recognized his potential.

OSMAC spoke to a Host who was a Plumber and he agreed to provide a work trial period for Rodhan . OSMAC supported Rodhan thru this trial period and were rewarded when Rodhan was then signed up into his Certificate III in Plumbing.

Having just commenced studying for his Certificate III – Plumbing, Rodhan was excited to be working full time in his new role which he said would involve learning how to become a fully qualified Plumber.

“When I was a child in Nepal I would often go with my dad and help him with his work as a roof plumber.” I now realize this was instrumental in guiding me into my apprenticeship.

“I learnt a lot from my dad and now I finally get the chance to work in a job I know I will be very happy with,” Rodhan enthused.
Rodhan was full of praise for the support he has received from BUSY At Work.

“The BUSY staff have really looked after me. Valerie has been very positive and the interviewing skills I’ve learned really helped me get the job with OSMAC,” Rodhan added.

BUSY At Work, Managing Director, Paul Miles said Rodhan was just one of many participants who had the opportunity to improve their employability skills through the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

“Through this program participants can gain real practical skills in resume writing and interview techniques to help improve their confidence greatly.”

“We congratulate Rodhan in starting his new career and we know that with the right training and mentoring he will have a successful career ahead of him,” Mr Miles said.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work provides skills development, training and job opportunities for unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs.


Leanne Macnamara, Public Relations Coordinator
0438 173 960

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