Fresh out of high school Billy Cadman knew he wanted a job, but ran into a number of roadblocks.
Mr Cadman said being raised in the Northern Suburbs, he felt lost and had applied to a number of jobs to no avail.
In 2016, his dad encouraged him to join the Community Housing Ltd apprenticeship program.
The program involves trainees participating in a number of apprenticeship certifications including helping to maintain social housing areas across Launceston.
“I joined Community Housing as a trainee in horticulture and now I’m an assistant supervisor,” he said.
“[I’m] building garden beds, doing grounds maintenance, cleaning up units … landscaping and what not. Now I’m building fences.”
Mr Cadman has not only received full-time employment through the program, he’s also part of the CHL’s Aboriginal Employee Alliance, which advocates for Indigenous staffing and tenant opportunities.
“I got the job and never looked back and now as a 23-year-old, I’ve been able to recently purchase my own home,” he said.
“The best part, the work we do, it really makes a positive difference to people’s lives.”
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“Its [trainee program] been a great way to get into the workforce with no experience. It’s hard on this side of town, but we are lucky that CHL want to hire people from the local area and give them a chance.”
But his work aspirations didn’t end there.
“I want more, in saying that … I just want more houses, I want to live an easier life when I’m older,” he said.
CHL managing director Steve Bevington said it was wonderful to see Mr Cadman’s hard work ethic result in the opportunity and recognition he deserved.
“To date, we have had 18 trainees, out of which 15 are currently engaged in different areas such as general admin, carpentry and horticulture,” he said.
“Ten trainees have been employed permanently with CHL after the completion of their traineeships.
“This is a wonderful outcome for the trainees, the community and for CHL.”
CHL has been managing about 1200 properties in the Northern Suburbs for seven years as part of the state government’s Better Housing Futures program.
– Harry Murtough