Success Stories


Shiniqua Tatow always had her mind set on gaining a Business Traineeship.

We decided to enrol her into a Business Administration course to hopefully kickstart her career in this industry.  With a bit of marketing and patience Shiniqua landed herself a traineeship with ITEC Health Mackay where they provide services for people with disabilities, children and families, and older people.

Mitchal Giblett hit the ground running as an apprentice panel beater with Gemini Mackay.  Not only was he more than happy to move up from car detailing to panel beating, but he fit right in with the crew, and thoroughly enjoys the skills he is learning.

Anthony Wiggett commenced Transition to Work in July 2017.

It wasn’t too much longer after Anthony started working for Purple Patch Services.

Anthony got interviewed for the perfect job for him at Purple Patch. Anthony was so over the moon when he found out he got the job at Purple Patch. Anthony had struggled to find work for so long. He now is working his way quickly up with Purple Patch now supervising over some of the crew and working on the EWP on his own. Anthony is a hard worker and is very grateful about the opportunity that TtW had presented him.

Anthony has now been there for 26 weeks and has been given a pay rise, put on salary and has secured work for the next 5 years.

Anthony has now gotten his full EWP ticket and is now traveling all over Queensland for Purple Patch.

Cassie Dunn came to TtW in 2016 and has utilized every opportunity she can to improve herself!

She has successfully gained her qualification in Eyelash Technology, started a Certificate III in Business and one day hopes to own and run her own Eyelash business.

At the moment, Cassie is working casually in a salon and is focusing on growing her client base.  Cassie’s confidence during her time in the program has really grown and she should be so proud of her efforts.

Katrina Barrett is 23 years old and has lower limb deficiencies and anxiety.  She lives at home with her mother and their animals.

Katrina is very interested in helping animals, is a wildlife warrior and cares for abandoned wildlife.

Through IDEAL Placements, Katrina now works 20 hours per week at Airlie Beach Eco Cabins doing cleaning and wildlife release

Hi my name is Tahlia and after doing a couple of weeks’ work experience at Walkerston day care centre, I now have a paid job.  I am so excited about working there – the staff are amazing and I just love assisting all the little people in playing, making things, eating their lunches and putting them to sleep.  This has always been a goal of mine to work with children and I am so glad that IDEAL Placements organised this opportunity which now has led into employment

I have been there now for six months!

Eighteen Bowen and Proserpine jobseekers completed a paid work project (funded via SQW QLD Gov.) repairing and revegetating grounds of local schools. Participants worked part-time in two teams for 26 weeks to recreate gardens and green spaces that were severely damaged by Cyclone Anthony. The participants completed accredited training that included the construction industry white card and a Certificate I in Employability.

IDEAL Placements organised the “IDEAL Way” project to provide participants with an opportunity to gain on-the-job experience and learn new skills. Through this work, participants built up workplace skills including team work, communication, personal discipline, learning how to re-establish gardens and other landscaping tasks. 11 participants have progressed to further employment and another one has moved on to further education. Of the 11, 2 have commenced their own business using skills gained.  The remaining participants are motivated to gain employment using after participating in the program with support from IDEAL Placements.

A participant at Mackay IDEAL Placements was only registered for a period of one week prior to gaining employment.  He came in with great experience in carpentry and traffic control.  I assisted the participant by updating his resume and then proceeded to reverse market him to potential Employers.  This resulted in a instant call back for a position with a large building firm in Mackay. The participant was offered Employment as a Traffic Controller/Carpenter.

He commenced employment at the end of April and after staying in contact with both the client and his partner, I have found out the true meaning of what this position has done for the client and his family.  The client had an accident at one of his past employers which injured his foot. He had attempted to go back to work last year, yet was unsuccessful in gaining employment. He found it was due to his age, yet I found this as a benefit not a hindrance.  After placing him into employment (after only one week with IDEAL) I contacted him and spoke to his partner who advised me prior to gaining this job that they were in the final stages of losing their car and other financial gains due to low income.  They stated it had been a day for tears of joy, “Nathan you don’t know how much this means to us both and our future.”

Lauren has started working at BB Print where she is in a very comfortable environment doing tagging and stringing –her self-confidence has blossomed and she is interacting more socially with the other staff .There is not any pressure or stress put on Lauren to complete her tasks and she keeps saying to her mum how happy she is there and is becoming more independent.

This will be long term employment for Lauren where she can also have opportunities to expand her skills ,do more hours and become financially independent as well.


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