Finding a job in a rural town can be difficult when you don't have the qualifications to pursue the kind of work you want. Thomas Butterworth found a way when he connected with Jobs Victoria Partner Qualify, who helped him enrol in a course to pursue his interests and found him a job that he loves.
Living in a small town in the north of Victoria, Thomas Butterworth searched for work for four years without success. He felt frustrated and isolated, but kept himself busy doing things he loved, including helping out his elderly neighbours with gardening and maintenance. But the stress of being out of work took its toll.
Thomas was referred to Jobs Victoria and our Echuca-based partner Qualify. They helped him to enrol in a Certificate III in Rural Operations at GO TAFE, found him a work experience placement, and helped him land a job at local Torrumbarry Weir, managed by Goulburn-Murray Water. Thomas is now on a new, happier path, working outdoors in a beautiful environment. Thomas is very passionate about his message to others in his situation: "Don't give up. There is always a way to turn your life around with help."
Qualify is a learning and employment specialist working across regional Victoria. The team at Qualify provides individualised pre-employment training, employment preparation and support services, and employment connections to people in rural areas. Qualify partners with Jobs Victoria, employers, training and TAFE providers and referring agencies to assist people into work. It is based in Echuca and works throughout Victoria's Murray region.