Souths Cares is celebrating the recent successes of two Nanga Mai Marri (Dream Big) participants who have commenced employment with Sydney Civil in the construction industry.

Kylan Simon and Dheklin Holten both attended Matraville Sports High School and were eager to obtain employment in construction and complete a trade after leaving school.

With the support of Souths Cares mentors, Kylan attended a job interview with Sydney Civil and completed his induction before commencing in a labouring role in late August.

Kylan's good news travelled quickly and Dheklin reached out to his Mentor, Thomas Johnson to explore his opportunities for employment. Dheklin also completed his employment interview and induction before commencing with Sydney Civil in early September.

Both boys have found the adjustment from school hours to the early mornings required in construction a little challenging but have persevered and are working together to achieve their career goals. Kylan and Dheklin get up at 5am each morning, meet at Maroubra to catch a bus into the city and are on-site and working by 7am at Sydney Civil's Crown Street site in Surry Hills.

A typical day sees the boys perform general cleaning of the site, preparing areas for concrete pouring, mixing and pouring concrete and assisting tradesmen with deliveries and pickups.

Thomas Johnson, Nanga Mai Marri Mentor

Both boys have shown what is achievable when you are prepared to make some sacrifices, get out of your comfort zone and show a good work ethic. The support shown by Sydney Civil staff has made the recruitment and induction process smooth and seamless

Kylan explained he was enjoying working in the construction industry and learning some new skills.

"I've enjoyed having the chance to learn off the more experienced guys on our site. I’ve been lucky enough to be taught to operate power tools. I struggled initially with getting up early but am now in a good routine and actually enjoying the early starts", Kylan said.

Dheklin stated he was excited for the opportunity after leaving school.

"I wasn't really enjoying school but was keen to work in construction. I'm grateful for the help of Souths Cares and looking forward to learning more in the civil construction industry and commencing an apprenticeship next year", Dheklin said.

Both Kylan and Dheklin will work as Civil Construction Labourers for the remainder of this year and commence their apprenticeships in 2024.

Souths Cares' partnership with Sydney Civil is achieving some great outcomes, with five program participants securing employment or a trade to date, with a host of exciting employment and training opportunities in the pipeline.

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