"Matty’s Making His Presence Felt During NAIDOC Week"


Matty and his supervisor Kimberley Tripp

BETHANIA teenager Matty Shipley may not be the tallest boy at school but it’s a fair bet his Loganlea State High School schoolmates have heard all about his big dreams.


Matty has spent his holidays working three days per week in a secretarial role at Sarina Russo Job Access Woodridge on a School-Based Traineeship and the Indigenous 16-year-old is also demonstrating leadership qualities.


In preparation for NAIDOC Week 2019, Matty led his classmates on a tour of his culture with a splendid performance playing the didgeridoo with The Aboriginal Cultural Group, a small bunch of students retracing and celebrating Aboriginal culture.


“It’s lots of fun and we get to learn lots of stuff about our culture and how to play the didge,” Matty said.


“NAIDOC Week is very special for my family and me and it was good fun to show our culture to our schoolmates before the holidays started.”


While his schoolmates have enjoyed time off, Matty grabbed the opportunity to commence a School-Based Traineeship when his teacher offered it to him and he’s now set on joining the Army.


“Working during the holidays has been lots of fun and it’s something a bit different to do during the school break,” Matty said.


“I work three days per week doing scanning and helping Jobseekers compile their resumes.


“I really want to join the Army when I leave school. I really want to become a vehicle mechanic in the army when I finish school.”


Matty’s supervisor, Sarina Russo Job Access Woodridge Manager Kimberley Tripp said her newest recruit was a much valued member of the team.


“It is an absolute please to work with Matty and he’s very much a team player,” Kimberley said.


“He works hard, is always looking for extra work and is always on time and reliable – he is well on his way to a really rewarding career.”


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