Building a better future from a young age
WHEN 15-year-old Patrick Keatings told his mother Lisa he did not want to continue his schooling she was disconsolate and decided to meet with his school counsellor. The counsellor suggested a meeting with TABMA’s Steve Magner.
Steve interviewed Patrick and recognising talent in the young lad arranged for an interview for a traineeship with the company Slabs of Timber at Freemans Reach, an outer Sydney suburb.
Reluctantly, Lisa decided to give permission for him to go for the interview. Like Steve the company was impressed with Patrick and offered him a traineeship commencing the following Monday.
Upon commencement Patrick and his mother found the first month difficult as this was a totally new environment for him as he found himself working with adults and not being involved in the workforce conversations.
Steve was very supportive of Patrick and pushed him to keep at it while becoming his confidant. Lisa with a degree of apprehension put a lot of faith in Steve, TABMA and TABMA Training (formerly trading as FITEC) and she is extremely grateful she did, as the lad has been trying hard and has made good progress. He is studying for a Certificate 111 in Timber Manufactured Products and is very much enjoying what he is learning about the timber industry and has decided the industry is his future.
Lisa is very impressed with Slabs of Timber’s attitude and kindness to her son and he has been saving his money to the extent that now after only four month’s employment he has paid $2500 for a boat and paid for a boat license for both he and his mother. His mother says he is now saving for a car for when he is old enough to drive and she says she has never seen him this enthusiastic about life and the opportunities available to him.
Lisa says she is extremely grateful to TABMA, TABMA Training and Slabs of Timber as she believes the three have empowered a young man to achieve whatever he sets his mind to.