Build­ing a bet­ter fu­ture from a young age

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATIONS -

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.

The boat he worked so hard to buy.

Steve Mag­ner ... recog­nised the ta­lent.

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