With some of the highest youth unemployment statistics in the country, it can be easy to feel disheartened as a job-seeking teen in Bundaberg.
But statistics were the last thing on Kurt Newson’s mind. With dreams to become a mechanical tradesperson, Kurt completed a number of engineering and manufacturing qualifications while at school before returning to training this year to complete a Certificate II in Automotive Servicing.
Unsure of his next step after completing the qualification, Kurt reached out to his TAFE teachers for advice on how to get an apprenticeship. That’s when he was directed to Chris Kettle of MEGT’s Bundaberg Apprenticeship Network Provider team.
Chris worked with Kurt to get his resume to MEGT’s Gateway Service Career Hub team – where they were on standby to recommend Kurt for any mechanical vacancies. Sensing Kurt’s eagerness, Chris also suggested Kurt approach potential employers himself.
So, with a confidence boost from Chris and a list of local employers in hand, Kurt worked up the courage to meet with as many businesses as he could to actively promote his ability and keenness to start an apprenticeship!
Only a few weeks later, Kurt rang Chris with the great news that he had been successful in securing a position as an automotive apprentice! Starting with Bundaberg Motor Group (BMG) on 9 July, we’re sure Kurt’s focus, persistence and great attitude will serve him well throughout his career!
Congratulations Kurt and thank you BMG for supporting the local youth of Bundaberg!