Malakai (L), pictured with his training mentor, Ryan Gallea, has successfully completed a Skill-ED in Construction Program last month with Skill360 which has helped him to gain his first job.
With the support of Skill360 and the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP), Malakai is now working with local glazing company interGLAZE.
Owners of interGLAZE, Jye and Emily Bin Awel, wanted to give a young local an opportunity to join their team and their plans are to place them into an apprenticeship in next year (2021).
When Jye and Emily interviewed Malakai they knew straight away he was what they were looking for with his can do attitude and eagerness to learn their trade. Malakai will be a tradesman by the time he is 20 and will have opportunities to work locally, throughout Far North Queensland including right up to the Torres Strait Islands.
Skill360 Mentor Ryan Galea said, “It was a pleasure watching Malakai grow in confidence throughout the program. Recently visiting the interGLAZE workshop it felt like Malakai has been working there for months, forming great relationships, in particular watching him and Dominic work with ease together”.
An established Cairns glazing company, interGLAZE has over a decade of experience in the design, supply and installation of custom glass and aluminium solutions. Their expertise ranges from specialised, custom and high-end residential glass projects to large-scale multifaceted commercial glazing projects.
Skill-ED in Construction is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.
Malakai (Centre) with his mentor on the Skill-ED construction course (Ryan Gallea L), Dominic Bayes (L of Malakai) and Jye Bin Awel (R of Malakai) from interGLAZE and Katherine Schneider from Skill360.