Community, colleagues and family gathered today to celebrate the graduation of our final Job Ready students for 2015.
Kristy Ingram was one of the first graduates from the Job Ready program when it was established in 2006. Today she joined in congratulating the latest graduates and to share her experience working in the hospitality industry.
“It was the best thing I’ve ever done,” she said.
Kristy’s first job after completing the course was with Accor Hotels, a position Job Ready mentor Aunty Beryl helped her find.
“I wouldn’t be the person I am today, without the experience at Accor,” Kristy told the graduates.
Kristy said that the experience allowed her to go on to work in a range of roles in the industry. After a short break Kristy has returned to work in hospitality.
“I needed to get back in to work after having my child, and I gave Aunty Beryl a call. I really love working at Gardeners Lodge,” she said.
Since 2006, the Job Ready Program has trained, mentored and helped more than 1,000 Indigenous job seekers find work. And Aunty Beryl, Matt and Wendy have been there to support every student.
“This course gives you the confidence to go out and do your own things,” Aunty Beryl said.
She speaks from experience; her journey saw her become a businesswoman at the age of 70. She is now proud to employ 10 Aboriginal staff at Gardeners Lodge and to be a mentor for students young and old.
“At the end of the day, it’s your journey. There’s nothing stopping you so give it a go,” she said.