Troy wearing his new glasses for fork lift operation at Solomons Cleveland, QLD.
25 year old Troy has new found confidence after gaining full-time employment with Solomons Security and Blinds Cleveland
Previously unemployed for a number of years, Troy said it was hard to find a job that he liked.
“I was really wanting to go into a labouring job… I like working with my hands,” he said.
Born with Keratocunus, a degenerative condition of the front of the eye, Troy had undergone numerous cornea surgeries and can still only see out of one eye.
MAX Cleveland Integrated Employment Consultant Erin Riseley helped Troy purchase glasses which significantly enhanced his job opportunities, as well as assisting Troy with a forklift ticket – a crucial element with his job at Solomons.
“I knew he’d fit in well here because he’s quite creative. He so much happier now he’s got his glasses and this job,” Erin said.
Troy undertook Block 1 of Employability Skills Training under the Prepare, Trial, Hire (PaTH) program, before commencing a four week internship at Solomons.
Solomons Production Manager Darrin Robinson said the four week internship helped determine if Troy would be the right fit for the job.
“For the four week internship I had Troy undertake basic yard work, picking up products, moving them and wrapping them. That way I could assess his attitude, and how keen he was.”
Darrin was thoroughly impressed with Troy’s work ethic.
“Troy’s attitude is a good thing. He’s always happy to be here and he’s keen to be working.”
As a production manager in a small, seasonal industry, Darrin understands the benefits of training employees across various aspects of the business.
“We keep a small crew and keep them multi-skilled so we can move them around. Just last week Troy was out on site helping the fitters. He’s happy to do anything I ask of him.”
Without the assistance of MAX Employment Cleveland, Darrin is not sure he would have found his ideal candidate.
“All the information about the PaTH internship from MAX was really good. They were really up front and honest when they put Troy forward. They offered to do all the background checks and references for me.”
Darrin is happy that MAX were able to match his role requirements to the perfect candidate.
“I wanted to make sure Erin knew what we wanted here at Solomons. What skills are must haves and what are nice to haves.”
After nearly eight weeks of working at Solomons, Troy’s got his eyes on the future and is feeling a lot happier.
“I feel better, not as down as I was before.”
For anyone who might be in a similar position, Troy has some advice for you.
“Go see MAX Employment and they’ll work something out for you.”