Video Transcript

John Condilis - Managing Director, Nobody Denim

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Nobody Denim have been around since ’99.

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It’s a family-owned business.

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It’s all manufactured in Australia.

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We currently employ 85 people last count.

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Six months ago I actually woke up in the middle of the night and I had this scary thought, going where are we going?

What is going on?

Where is industry?

Where are the opportunities?

Where are the skills?

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I did have a contact in Vic Gov which I reached out to her and said, look this is my situation.

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I need to find skills and it’s becoming more and more difficult.

So she introduced me to Jobs Victoria.

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And I was a bit sceptical at first what’s out there to be quite honest.

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But through working with the guys at Jobs Victoria, they introduced me to other groups, and created this let’s get together and make it happen, and we did.

Christopher Batterham - Jean Grinder, Nobody Denim

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I had a mate and he introduced me to the Wyndham Community and Education Centre and they helped me get the job here, organised the planned trip to meet John and everyone.

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They had that passion and determination.

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It’s that skillset going, okay, can I do this?

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And that, yeah, I can do this; and just taking that right approach.

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By creating a diverse community within our organisation it gives a thriving environment.

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Now I’m out here grinding jeans for Beyoncé, Miranda Kerr, you know, I never would have thought, you know, I’d get anything like that.

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We’re working with some good people.

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Everyone’s really friendly, and yeah, it’s been good so far.

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You only know what you know, and unless you go out there and explore you’ll never be able to overcome hurdles and obstacles.

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To everyone out there just ask.

Ask what is out there, ask for help, you never know.

[Looking for staff?  We can help.  Visit jobs.vic.gov.au for information and support]

[JOBS VICTORIA / Working for all Victorians]

[VICTORIA STATE GOVERNMENT]

[Speaker:  Authorised by Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

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