Diagnosed with a painful spinal disorder it wasn't easy for Trent Robinson to find work he could perform well - or to stay positive.
But after joining APM Employment Services the 21-year-old was able to secure his first job.
Six months later, his employers are praising his work ethic and enthusiasm for the job and Trent is more positive about life and his future opportunities.
APM employment consultant Helen Hilgers supported Trent through the Disability Employment Services program, which included a job plan specific to his circumstances and staying motivated and focused on finding a job despite a couple of knock-backs.
Trent's story has been featured in the The Gatton Star and Toowoomba Chronicle newspapers.
From The Gatton Star
Trent proving to be a cut above the rest
IT’S COMMON to slam the snooze button in the morning and wish for an extra five minutes under the covers instead of heading into work.
But Gatton’s Trent Robinson is excited to tackle every shift.
The 21-year-old is six months into his first stint of paid employment with Andrews Meats in Toowoomba after landing a gig as a cleaner.
Mr Robinson approached employment and disability job services provider APM in Gatton with the aim of finding work.
He has been diagnosed with spinal disorder kyphoscoliosis and experiences chronic pain on a daily basis as well as ongoing mental health issues.
After building up a working relationship with employment consultant Helen Hilgers, he faced a couple of knock-backs but was approached in February but was approached in February about an opening at the butcher.
Before the interview he had to shave off his long beard, neatly tie back his hair and with a fresh look and a fresh approach, he landed the job. He now travels up the range for work three times a week.
“(I enjoy) having a job, finally, after all these years,” Mr Robinson said.
“It’s something I can work on learning.”
Regular work has changed his outlook on life.
“I think I’m a bit more positive about things and my capabilities,” he said.
“The crew up there are a bunch of happy blokes. “I’d love to do the (butcher) apprenticeship. That’d be pretty cool.”
Co-owner Brett Owen said his employee’s enthusiasm and work ethic made him a perfect fit for the business.
“Everything he does is perfect,” Mr Owen said.
“He really takes pride in his work. He not just likes it, he loves working for us.”