Tony Emmerton has found a new direction in life since moving to the Northern Territory to work at Ayers Rock Resort.
Originally from the Mid North Coast, Tony had become disillusioned working in his trade as a Spray Painter and wanted to try something new.
“I wanted to experience new territory, find out more about culture and get involved in projects around culture,” Mr Emmerton said.
“The hourly rate in the area I was living in at the time was the same as what I’m earning now. So I thought if I’m going to do hard work, I might as well do it at a nice place without all the chemicals.”
Tony’s local employment service provider ETC linked him to their Indigenous Services Team, where he began working with ETC Aboriginal Employment Advisor Jennie Rosser.
“ETC asked me if I would like to experience a week out at Ayers Rock Resort. I was a bit hesitant as it was such a long journey and I’d never been that far West in my life. But I took the leap of faith in July last year and I’ve never regretted coming out here,” Tony said.
“It was a little rough at first to get used to the remoteness and adjusting to shared living conditions, but you get over that. The heat and extremes can make it a bit challenging as well. But it also has rewards with the environment, the local attractions like Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta and the good people you meet here – such diversity with people from all different countries coming. I find it a really peaceful place, it has been a really good experience.”
Since commencing work in July 2017 as a Houseman at Desert Gardens Hotel, Tony is already accomplishing milestones.
“I’ve been training up a new staff member to become a Houseman like me. I’ve been showing him the ropes, what is expected, how to conduct himself in front of guests, how to perform his job efficiently and also to enjoy the experience. I’m also involved in a mentoring program to help me achieve my own goals and help others to achieve theirs.”
So what does the future hold for Tony?
“There are so many opportunities available here. I’m hoping to complete further training such as getting a HR license and I’m also interested in doing a tour guide course.
Tony thanked ETC for the opportunity and providing the assistance needed to move out to the Red Centre.
“Thanks to the ETC crew I’ve found more skills, new direction in life and more opportunities than I can poke a stick at.”
Tony shares his advice for other job seekers
“Keep an open mind, the limits are what you put on yourself and how hard you are willing to work.”
ETC’s Aboriginal Employment Advisor Jennie Rosser is extremely proud of Tony and his success.
“Prior to pursuing a career with Voyages, Tony was a very reserved, shy person that would hardly speak to you. When I travelled to Yulara to meet with Tony – he stood tall and proud when sharing his story with us,” she said.
ETC’s Indigenous Services Team aims to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to find work or improve their current job situation.
ETC’s Indigenous Employment Officers link Aboriginal people with training pathways and employment opportunities and provide practical assistance such as developing a resume or applying for a job. They have strong connections in the local community and will listen and support you to help you achieve your goals.
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