Wayne Campbell was referred to the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program as he was experiencing some personal challenges after leaving school and found himself associating with the wrong crowd and struggling to find employment.

It didn’t take long for Wayne to start making positive changes after commencing the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program. Wayne shared with his mentor his affinity for all things relating to cars including body repairs, spray painting and mechanics.

Deadly Youth Mentor, Yileen Gordon then began to explore opportunities available in the local area in the Automotive industry.

Wayne secured an interview at Scientific Motor Body Works in Matraville and began preparing with his mentor for the interview which would hopefully land him his dream job.

During the interview Wayne successfully demonstrated his passion for working with cars and his strong desire to learn on the job. He was offered an on-the-spot trial, which he grasped with both hands and impressed David Amirian, the Manager of Scientific Motor Body Works. Wayne was then offered a full-time apprenticeship in Spray Painting.

Within two weeks of commencing the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program, Wayne has effectively turned his life around and is now on the path to completing a trade at one Australia’s most prestigious and technologically advanced automotive repair facilities.

Wayne explained he was ready to make a change for the better and is enjoying his first job.

I was tired of doing nothing at home and often found myself doing the wrong thing. I’ve always been interested in cars and thought spray painting would be good to try - not realising how much I would enjoy it!’’, Wayne said.

Yileen Gordon, Deadly Youth Mentor explained working in partnership with local business contributed to this positive outcome.

“This opportunity came about through the great relationships Souths Cares has within our local community.

I’d like to give a big shout out to David and the team at Scientific for giving Wayne an opportunity and investing in our Indigenous youth and leaders of tomorrow”, Yileen said.

Wayne will continue to be supported through the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program as he completes his apprenticeship and works on achieving other important life goals.

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