Kyle-Alexander Jensen couldn’t be happier. One month into a new job, he loves the work, the crew he’s with and the company he’s working for. And he’s marvelling how far he’s come in 12 months.

Last year, the 18-year-old Norlane resident was homeless and wondering what the future held.

He left school in Year 10 and completed a Certificate I in Automotive, but that qualification didn’t lead to a job.

It wasn’t until his housing worker at Barwon Child, Youth and Family referred him to Northern Futures that his future started to take shape.

Kyle began a Certificate II in Logistics and Warehousing, delivered by The Gordon at Northern Futures. His Northern Futures advisor then supported his application for a job with DKM Utility Services, a service provider to Barwon Water. This job had been referred to them by GROW (G21 Region Opportunities for Work).

Kyle now has a two-year traineeship with DKM and describes the sense of stability and relief he feels not stressing day to day as “phenomenal”.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Northern Futures. They really believed in me and encouraged me to excel,” Kyle said.

“I just love being outdoors and being constructive with my time. I’ve now got my own place and am saving for a car. My whole family is proud of me.

“I encourage any kids out there in similar circumstances to get in touch with Northern Futures. They have pathways to employment and links to industry partners that have helped me turn my life around in a huge way.”

Northern Futures is based at Norlane Community Centre in Rose Avenue, Norlane.

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