Garren gallantly returns to work

After his wife became ill, 42 year old Garren left his job to help her. Now he's back working as a Welder and loving it.

August 16 2018

Garren making sparks fly on the tools at Hilton Manufacturing in Wacol, QLD.

After his wife became ill, 42 year old Redbank Plains local Garren left his job to help run their dog grooming business. Once she was better, Garren needed to get back into work. 

“My wife and I don’t work too well together so it didn’t work out great. Living and working together was hard. She got better, so I just went out and started looking for a job.” 

Garren is illiterate, but with fifteen years welding experience under his belt and some assistance from MAX Employment Goodna, he found his new job at Hilton Manufacturing easily. 

“I can’t read or write, but it doesn’t hold me back,” Garren said.

The team at MAX Employment Goodna suggested several suitable jobs for Garren and helped him attend interviews. 

“They helped me find this job and even drove me to the interview,” he said.

 
As a welder of Volvo fuel tanks at the factory, Garren’s job is very technical and even one small error can result in missing his target. He has learnt to lean on his team in times of need, and work around his illiteracy. 

“If I can’t read something, I just ask someone. I can’t read a book, but I can read a plan and I can do anything anyone else can.” 


Garren said it’s the structure and cleanliness of the factory that’s kept him employed for over 12 months now. 

“We keep the place clean, everyone cleans up at the end of the day. I’ve never been in a workplace where being clean is one of the most important things. They make cleaning a part of your shift and it makes a big difference.” 

Garren is also appreciative to work in a role that is not so physically taxing. 

“There’s no heavy lifting. When you get to 40 and your body is giving out, the light work here is good.” 


Garren doesn’t let his illiteracy stop him from working hard. 

“I may not be able to read, but I work hard every day. I turn up every day and I don’t give up.”
  
If you need assistance in returning to work with a disability, visit des.maxsolutions.com.au.

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