Turning skills into a future

A COFFS Harbour man is taking what he learnt during a Work for the Dole program to build himself a better future.

Daniel Wynter was one of 22 participants in a Tursa activity to refurbish donated computers for the Lifehouse Church. “We learnt how to pull a computer apart and put it back together, to take hardware from different computers and put it together like a jigsaw,” he said.

The activity has been a success, not only for Lifehouse who sell the computers on to customers, but also for the workers, three of which have gone on to further employment.

For Mr Wynter, the program has worked in conjunction with a TAFE diploma in system administration, and has inspired him and a group of friends to build their own company.

“We've already started building two computers, and we're going to be offering website construction as well,” Mr Wynter said.

Tursa community work co-ordinator Vicki Hooper said the Work for the Dole scheme is highly beneficial. “Participants learn different skills, such as communication, customer service and work ethics,” she said.

“People like Daniel, who excel in the program, are able to go into supervisory roles and help other participants as a result.”

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