Bradley finds new work direction at Aitkenvale

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Thanks to a Work for the Dole initiative, Bradley McAlister has developed employability skills and discovered newfound enjoyment working outdoors.

Through the Queensland Knockouts Indigenous Corporation (QKIC) project, participants helped preserve natural habitats by assisting in a range of tasks on a 21 ha property in the heart of Aitkenvale.

The program participants gained a range of hands-on skills including garden maintenance, basic repair work and fencing, as well as surface preparation and painting.

Activity Supervisor Obey Geia said participants really enjoyed the different activities they did each day, and the outdoor working while local mentors provided ongoing support and assistance.

 “Participants provided assistance and support to maintain the reserve which is open to the community of Townsville“ Obey said.

The project was a great boost for the local community with seedlings and plants also provided to local schools and not for profit organisations.

Obey also says participants enjoyed each other’s company, working in a team environment and ‘giving back’ by providing plants to members of the community.

Participating in the project also gave participants the opportunity to develop skills that could be transferred to the workplace, with time management a big factor on a daily basis as well as gain a current referee.

Bradley was initially unsure about working outdoors. He had always been an indoors person working in retail but wanted to try something different.

When asked about the QKIC project, Bradley said he liked what he had worked on, the people and his supervisor.

“Obey was very patient and taught me a lot during the activity” he said.

He declared the Work for the Dole activity and Obey had given him the motivation, confidence and tools to help him get back into employment.

Through being part of the QKIC project Bradley developed time management, people and organisational skills, working as part of a team, prioritising and managing tasks, drawing plans, providing customer service skills, as well as enjoying physical wellbeing.

“I would recommend this activity to everyone because it allows you to be free with nature. You meet good people and keep fit while learning great skills” He said.

“This activity makes me feel good each day.”