From homeless to hopeful, local man Nathan Talbott is setting a shining example in the community, rapidly rising through the ranks of Operational Services at QEII Hospital.
Nathan has turned his outlook and his life around and wants others to do the same.
“Last year I was in a pretty bad way, having just lost my father to a terminal illness and finding myself homeless”.
“Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to become a part of a program with my jobactive and I haven’t looked back.
The Pathways to Inclusion Program is providing employment opportunities for local First Nations people by working in cooperation with local jobactive providers to open employment opportunities across Metro South Health.
Like an internship, the program allows both the successful applicants and hospital to determine who is the best fit to undertake casual employment.
“Every day during the initial three-week program, I woke up smiling and ready to come to work,” said Nathan.
“It’s about opportunity; we don’t seem to take the opportunities when they do come along so, for me, it’s important to embrace what you can, when you can and make a life out of it.”
The Pathways to Inclusion Pre-Employment Program creates career pathways for First Peoples and is an initiative of the Metro South Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy 2018-2022.
Senior Diversity and Employment Consultant for Metro South Health, Glyn Dodt, said Nathan is a shining example of what this program brings to the health service.
“Nathan has been recognised by both his peers and leadership team at QEII as a hard worker and a leader.
“It’s fantastic for us to find people like Nathan to join our workforce and positively represent First Nations communities,” said Glyn.
Approximately 12 per cent of the Queensland state-wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples population reside within the Metro South Health catchment.
Through Pathways to Inclusion, supported by the federal government, QEII Hospital has recently employed six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers from jobactive after successful completion of their training course.