FROM HOMELESS TO REGULAR WORK – MATTHEW’S STORY…

When 38-year-old Matthew moved to Queensland from New Zealand in 2017 to have regular contact with his children, he had no work and nowhere to live. See how a post on Facebook saw Matthew go from homeless to employed.

Matthew had previously worked as a labourer in the construction industry as well working in factories and on fishing trawlers for 10 years as a teenager.

Unsure about job availability in Australia, Matthew immediately got in touch with several recruitment agencies in desperate search of work. Unfortunately, agencies were only recruiting for candidate pools and could offer no certainty around actual positions.

Matthew says that he never got to speak to the same person twice so was feeling uncertain about what the future would hold. Determined not to give up, Matthew decided to post on Facebook that he was homeless and looking for regular work.

The Labourpower Difference

Labourpower picked up Matthew’s post on their Facebook page and contacted Matthew to see how they could help.

Matthew says that he felt from the start that Labourpower had confidence in him and that it would lead to regular work.

“It makes such a difference to have regular contact with your recruiter and be kept informed the whole way,” he said.

“Labourpower has been able to offer me work consistently and even assisted in organising travelling to and from sites (with other candidates) until I’m back on my feet.”

Since signing up with Labourpower, Matthew has had consistent work and is currently working five days a week at one of our national client’s.

“All the sites I’ve worked at have had a great team environment and everyone has been helpful and supportive,” Matthew said.

Finding a job has made the world of difference for Matthew as he was instantly able to find accommodation to set up home and now has regular contact and visits with his kids.

Matthew’s Account Manager, Louise Harward says that she’s had great feedback from clients and staff about Matthew.

“At Labourpower we always look for people who are hard-working and reliable, no matter their circumstances,” she said.

“It was clear on first meeting Matthew that he had a strong work ethic and we’re pleased to have been able to help him find the opportunity and stability he needed.”

To find out more about opportunities with Labourpower, get in touch with our friendly, experienced team today.

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