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Wilfred Cox: Driving his way to success
Wilfred Cox’s career pathway was not as straight forward as he would have hoped.
After finishing Year 12 Wilfred started a Carpentry and Joinery apprenticeship but didn’t finish it.
“I was not quite ready and did not know if that was for me. I wanted to have other experiences so decided at that time I had to move on,” Wilfred said.
He moved to Halls Creek but after spending time there, Wilfred made a decision.
“Moving back to Kununurra and pursuing an apprenticeship as a tradesman became my goal,” Wilfred said.
Wilfred returned to Kununurra and contacted Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) provider, Kimberly Group Training (KGT) to get support he needed to reach his goal. He took part in KGT VTEC Industrial Skills pre-employment program to get the skills he needed.
VTEC’s model of pre-employment training was perfect for Wilfred.
“The pre-employment program made me sure that’s what I wanted to do for my life,” Wilfred said.
Once Wilfred completed the training, he was offered work with CWD Builders. This led to Wilfred being employed full-time with KGT while being hosted with a local company MGC Building and Construction Pty Ltd.
Seeing the potential in Wilfred, his host employer set a challenge for him to get his driver’s licence as soon as possible. They offered him a reward of $100 towards buying tools and Wilfred would get to drive the company vehicle to job calls.
Wilfred met the challenge and is now the proud owner of a driver’s licence. He is looking forward to going tool shopping with his supervisor.
“I am glad I finally got my licence. The support I received from my supervisor and KGT was very encouraging too. Whenever I felt down they picked me up and made me believe I could do it,” Wilfred said.