Partnership helps three local men

Ross Turner. Photo: supplied

Ross Turner. Photo: supplied

An exciting program developed by organisations Skillset Workforce, Moolarben Coal and Lifeskills Plus that assists locals transitioning into the workplace is delivering life changing results for three Mudgee men – Chris Rushworth, Russell Moriarty and Ross Turner.

Skillset Workforce and Moolarben Coal approached Lifeskills Plus late last year to see if any of their clients would be interested in the opportunity to work at Moolarben Coal. Chris, Russell and Ross were all keen to give it a go, and with the support of all the organisations, they went through the interview and testing process and were successful in being offered placements.

“It is incredibly rewarding to see the progress Chris, Russell and Ross are making. Moolarben Coal and all the staff onsite have been really supportive, assisting all three in working towards gaining independence in the workplace,” Skillset Workforce’s Annette Rhodes said.

The men are currently working alongside staff in the Maintenance and Stores Departments, assisting in the maintenance of the fleet and preparation of Personal Protective Equipment.

It has proven to be a rewarding experience for Chris, Russell and Ross and they are now working with Skillset Workforce and Lifeskills Plus on the next stage of their development.

“Chris, Russell and Ross are paving the way for people with disabilities in a demanding industry and the results show just what can be achieved through teamwork and commitment,” Annette said.

“Everyone involved is proud to be associated with these young men and they have taught everybody a great deal during this program. None of this could have been achieved without the involvement of Moolarben Coal and it is great to see the support they give to the community.”


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