IF opportunity is the best gift you can give someone, apprentice plumber Layten Tunks will be forever grateful to small business owner Tim Snape and our outstanding Sarina Russo Apprenticeships Industry Consultant Cherylee Maybury.
An early school leaver with a slight learning disability, Layten left school in 2018 and commenced work in the plumbing industry in January.
He had previously met with Cherylee late last year after being advised by his Disability Employment Service that he was eligible to commence an apprenticeship.
“I then arranged for Layten to have a meeting with the TAFE Education Support Unit in plumbing to ensure he would be supported for his 2019 apprenticeship once he commenced his TAFE Studies,” Cherylee said.
“At the time, Tim Snape’s business Snape Water was a one-man outfit but after meeting Layten he offered him an apprenticeship.”
However Cherylee’s work and commitment to both Layten and Tim was far from complete.
“I then assisted Tim with the Australian Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy Trail 1 registration and a Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Assistance,” she said.
“Now, almost one year later the wonderful news, with both incentives approved, Layten has been doing really well in his apprenticeship.
”Furthermore, the successful outcome has helped the employer being assessed for not one but two wage Incentives to invest the time into his growing business while also supporting new apprentices into the workforce,” Cherylee said