While participating in Workforce Australia Services, Thomas was supported by his provider Asuria to establish short-term and long-term milestones to achieve his employment goals, including:
- work experience
- job placements
- post-placement support
- career guidance and mentoring
- vocational training.
Thomas also received tailored support for his circumstances, such as receiving assistance to access and navigate Workforce Australia online. This helped Thomas learn how to manage his mutual obligations and search for jobs.
During his time in Workforce Australia Services, Thomas was connected to the Maritime Operations program. As a proud Dunghutti man, he was excited at the opportunity to train with the program and learn new skills. Based in Redfern, New South Wales, the not-for-profit organisation provides job and career opportunities to First Nations people.
“The training really reconnected me with my culture, you know... this program [Maritime Operations] has really lightened my life back up,” Thomas said.
After completing the four-week program, Thomas was invited to a special graduation ceremony aboard the Mari Nawi on Sydney Harbour. He graduated with a Cert I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand), Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA), and First Aid training delivered by TAFE. Training options with Workforce Australia can be found at Explore training options | Workforce Australia.
Soon after graduation, Thomas began employment aboard a Sydney based ferry service.
“Mate, me standing here today, I’m one proud man. It has got me into a place where I’m smiling every day. I wake up every day. I go to work every day. I’m just over the moon. I just love going to work.”
Thomas is now also involved in the newly established RAP committee at NRMA Group as a voice to influence decisions and strategies to create a more inclusive and culturally safe organisation.