Daniel McKechnie has found full-time work at the Sawtell Golf Club thanks to the Work for the Dole program.
Daniel McKechnie has found full-time work at the Sawtell Golf Club thanks to the Work for the Dole program.

New job has Dan on a fairway to heaven

THREE weeks working at the Sawtell Golf Club as part of the Work for the Dole program has led to an apprenticeship for one participant.

Daniel McKechnie said he’d struggled to find full-time employment before taking part in the program and had been in and out of jobs doing whatever he could.

Then an offer by the golf club and training organisation ETC provided him with the opportunity he was yearning for.

“I worked at a few pubs but couldn’t get anything promising. ETC gave me a real confidence boost, they helped a lot with getting this job,” Daniel said.

“Now I’m lucky to have one of the most multi-skilled apprenticeships out there, learning about machinery, chemicals, plumbing and horticulture.”

Sawtell Golf Club general manager Alvin Kan said Daniel had been at the club for little more than three weeks when they offered him a permanent role.

“We could see that Daniel really enjoyed the work and was enthusiastic,” Mr Kan said.

“A position became available and so we decided to take him on as an apprentice greenkeeper.”

Daniel said he arrived as work early each day and had worked hard to prove himself to the club.

“This was the type of work that I really wanted to do,” he said. “I love working outdoors and with nature. It’s good to be out in the fresh air and to work with good people.

“This is my first full-time job and it’s great to have the reliable work and income. It helps with my life situation at the moment and it’s great that I get a qualification at the end as well.”

Mr Kan said he hopes Daniel’s example will help create an awareness of the Work for the Dole program and its many benefits for both job seekers and employers.

“I think a lot of people don’t see the opportunities with Work for the Dole,” he said.

“It gives you a chance to get your foot in the door and show an employer what you are capable of.

“ETC helped us with our Work for the Dole program and from this we found someone who was really friendly and hard working.”



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