Trent prov­ing to be a cut above the rest

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Lach­lan Mcivor lach­lan.mcivor@gat­ton­star.com.au

IT’S COM­MON to slam the snooze but­ton in the morn­ing and wish for an ex­tra five min­utes un­der the cov­ers in­stead of head­ing into work.

But Gat­ton’s Trent Robin­son is ex­cited to tackle ev­ery shift.

The 21-year-old is six months into his first stint of paid em­ploy­ment with An­drews Meats in Toowoomba af­ter land­ing a gig as a cleaner.

Mr Robin­son ap­proached em­ploy­ment and dis­abil­ity job ser­vices provider APM in Gat­ton with the aim of find­ing work.

He has been di­ag­nosed with spinal dis­or­der kyphosco­l­io­sis and ex­pe­ri­ences chronic pain on a daily ba­sis as well as on­go­ing men­tal health is­sues.

Af­ter build­ing up a work­ing re­la­tion­ship with em­ploy­ment con­sul­tant He­len Hil­gers, he faced a cou­ple of knock-backs but was ap­proached in Fe­bru­ary about an open­ing at the butcher.

Be­fore the in­ter­view he had to shave off his long beard, neatly tie back his hair and with a fresh look and a fresh ap­proach, he landed the job. He now trav­els up the range for work three times a week.

“(I en­joy) hav­ing a job, fi­nally, af­ter all th­ese years,” Mr Robin­son said. “It’s some­thing I can work on learn­ing.”

Reg­u­lar work has changed his out­look on life.

“I think I’m a bit more pos­i­tive about things and my ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” he said.

“The crew up there are a bunch of happy blokes. “I’d love to do the (butcher) ap­pren­tice­ship. That’d be pretty cool.”

Co-owner Brett Owen said his em­ployee’s en­thu­si­asm and work ethic made him a per­fect fit for the busi­ness.

“Ev­ery­thing he does is per­fect,” Mr Owen said.

“He re­ally takes pride in his work. He not just likes it, he loves work­ing for us.”

PHOTO: NEV MAD­SEN

VAL­UED: An­drews Meats co-owner Brett Owen and Trent Robin­son.

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