AFTER applying for hundreds of jobs, Baldivis 18-year-old Ezekiel Chapman has finally found work.
Ezekiel’s plight was featured in the Weekend Courier last month.
He had finished Year 12, went to TAFE, got a Certificate II in Plumbing, obtained his forklift licence, had a manual drivers’ licence and a white card.
Despite applying for jobs, Ezekiel felt no one would give him a chance – employees seemed to want someone with experience.
When Tony Borromei from Austrod Engineering in Henderson heard about Ezekiel’s frustration, he decided to offer him a job as a general labourer.
“My wife read the article and said I might be able to help,” Mr Borromei said.
“He reminded me of my situation.
“I went everywhere looking for work until I was given a break.
“If it works out he could become an apprentice and in turn a tradie.
“It’s an avenue – we’ve opened the door and he just has to walk through it.
“But it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.”
Ezekiel’s mother Alison Carter thanked the Courier, Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce member Caroline Hume and Mr Borromei for their help.
“It really helped get the word out about how hard it can be for the younger ones to secure a job,” Ms Carter said.
“Without the article I don’t think he would have got a job so easily.
“It has been truly amazing how many people have reached out to contact and help Ezekiel find employment within the trade industry.”