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Handy man to have around at school

Peter Cordie at work at Aldridge State High School while Cindy White and Blake Spoor from Mylestones and Aldridge business service manager Cynthia Jones look on.
Peter Cordie at work at Aldridge State High School while Cindy White and Blake Spoor from Mylestones and Aldridge business service manager Cynthia Jones look on. Robyne Cuerel

MARYBOROUGH man Peter Cordie is enjoying his new job as a handyman at Aldridge State High School.

Mr Cordie said he had worked in a variety of industries including rural fencing, painting, machinery driving and farm work before he found himself out of work.

He has low vision and struggled to work without being able to drive, before seeking the support of Mylestones Employment.

Job Development Officer Cindy White worked with Mr Cordie, ensuring his job was the right fit.

"Cindy's done a lot of getting out there and looking for me," he said.

"They have been helpful, so far - so good."

Mr Cordie said he was enjoying his new job and being out and about.

"You've got to get out and push for your goal," he said.

"Life's a challenge."

Renea Burchell, Mylestones Employment Fraser Coast co-ordinator said Mr Cordie spent 125 weeks registered with them looking for work.

"We'll go the extra mile to try and find our candidates work," she said.

"We certainly don't sit behind the desk hoping it comes to us,

"We are with one person from beginning to end."

Ms Burchell said the organisation focused on job searching, up-skilling and reverse marketing clients (targeting places the candidates might work).

"It's no good trying to force a square peg in a round space," she said.

"We're not about the scatter-gun approach... we're about being very, very focused on the candidate and employer."

Topics:  aldridge state high school handyman low vision work



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