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Fiona at work

53-year-old Fiona Lochrie had been unemployed for 25 years before undertaking a hospitality training course with ETC which led to a job as a Kitchen Hand at Cherry Street Sports Ballina.

“I hadn’t been working for a long time, although I had been volunteering at a couple of Op shops and also helping out at my kid’s school,” Ms Lochrie said.

“As part of my hospitality course with ETC I did a three week work placement at Cherry Street and soon after I finished I was offered the job in the kitchen.

“The course helped me get the job because I got to show them (supervisors) how I could perform a task and when I finished that I was constantly asking if they needed a hand with anything else. So they got to see that I had the potential to work here.”

Cherry Street Sports HR & Functions Coordinator Fiona Siviour said they noticed how keen and interested Ms Lochrie was to work into the Club kitchen.

“We were able to see what skills Fiona had and to see how she stacked up against other people around her. We picked her out of group of 4,” Ms Siviour said.

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