Christmas looks bright for workers

STEVEN Doyle's twin boys are set to be spoilt next month.

Yesterday the Rockhampton man, 39, who has returned to the workforce after a lengthy absence, promised a special Christmas for his family.

That he'll also be able to afford something nice for his boys' birthday during December will add to festivities.

Steven is one of the first group of 10 indigenous people from Rockhampton carving out a future for themselves as meatworkers with Teys.

Teys Australia has taken up the challenge to reduce indigenous unemployment in the Rockhampton region by committing to employ and train 40 unemployed indigenous Australians over the next 12 months.

The program is funded by the Australian Government and backed by Neato Employment Services.

The 40 participants will be recruited in four blocks of 10 over a period of six months and will be selected for their attitude and motivation to get back into work.

Steven, who has been with Teys for about one month, was all smiles as he spoke about the opportunity.

"Before I got this job I was feeling down ... I'd been out of work for about seven or eight months," Steven said.

"This gives me an opportunity."

He said previously he'd spent most of his life going from one labouring job to another. Now he has a career. It is with enthusiasm he spoke about upskilling himself.

"The money is really good, I'm enjoying the work," Steven said.

"My boys are going to get spoilt next month."

Neato Employment Services Capricornia area manager Scott Nancarrow said the program had generated a fantastic response from the local indigenous community.

Before starting with Teys Australia the participants spend two weeks in an intensive pre-employment program at Neato's Musgrave St office where they worked on team building skills and personal motivation.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Mark Arbib and Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore said it was fantastic local training providers and industry were working together to provide long-term job opportunities for indigenous Australians.

Ms Livermore said the project was a result of almost $280,000 from the Australian Government's Indigenous Employment Program.

The money is really good, I'm enjoying the work. My boys are going to get spoilt next month

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