Previously working in the child care sector for approximately 10 years, Australian Indigenous woman Maggie Simo, lost her job when the centre had to cut down on staff due to lack of enrolments. Since then Maggie struggled to find further work in the sector.
A single mum, it was vital that Maggie found work that fit in with her children’s school pick-up times and this made it difficult.
BUSY At Work, her jobactive provider in Mossman in far north Queensland, supported Maggie with short courses in computer skills, job search strategies and interview skills.
Always interested in the hospitality industry, Maggie then enrolled in a Certificate III in Hospitality qualification through Strategix Training, to gain skills for employment in the sector. The hospitality industry could potentially offer her hours that would fit within school hours.
Part of the hospitality course requirements were completion of practical hours and she gained placement with a local motel. The motel owners were so impressed with Maggie that she was then offered part time employment, working 3 days per week.
“The motel is starting to pick up again after Covid and is definitely keeping me busy. The three-day week fits in well with caring for my children. I encourage other single parents to talk to their job providers (like BUSY At Work), as they can assist you to find work that fits in with school or day care hours,” Maggie stated.
Don’t give up either, if you have to re-skill yourself to get the job you want then do it!” Maggie further stated.
BUSY At Work is contracted by the Australian Government to deliver a range of apprenticeship support and employment programs including jobactive services which they deliver in partnership with CoAct in the Sunshine Coast and North Queensland regions.
Managing Director at BUSY At Work, Paul Miles said “Like in Maggie’s case, we work with our clients to support them into employment that suits their requirements and we are really pleased that Maggie is now earning again and able to support her young family.”
Maggie now has work that fits in with school hours and caring for her children.
For more information visit www.busyatwork.com.au