Transitioning to a brighter future with T2S

Joe’s story is not unique. Not long ago he was getting into trouble in his community, but now he’s working as an apprentice and making amends. He’s just one of many hundreds of young Queenslanders who have turned their lives around as a result of the Queensland Government’s Transition to Success (T2S) program.

Joe came into contact with the youth justice system aged 14. A year and a half later, he successfully graduated from a T2S program and is working as an automotive apprentice.

“I’m happy!” Joe says with a smile. “I feel accomplished. I feel confident going forward and making my family proud. T2S helped me so much, just knowing I could do it, has shown me I can.”

He says he first heard about T2S, which helps at risk young people reconnect with education, training and employment, from his peers and Youth Justice staff. Knowing that he was interested in automotive work, youth justice staff referred him to a T2S program to enrol in a Certificate II in Automotive Vehicle Preparation.

“I was excited to start, but I was nervous too,” Joe remembers. “I needed to do something and I wanted a better understanding of how a car worked.  I was interested”.

Joe excelled in the program with 100 percent attendance over the 12 week course. His Aunty Angela, who raised him, said she was incredibly proud of what he had achieved in a short space of time. She said he ‘went down the wrong path’ after the death of a loved one which had devastated him.

“What broke my heart was that I couldn’t understand the reasons why he went down that track. He’s a good boy at heart, and I’m so glad there was this program for him and that he’s done so well.”

Joe has completed a probation order, two community service orders and graduated from the T2S program with a Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation.

Joe was successful in obtaining an automotive apprenticeship and has started his placement building on the skills he learned from the T2S program. Joe says his hopes for the future are to have “a stable job and to be able to put a roof over [his] own head one day”.

The T2S program currently operates in 10 locations around Queensland - - Aurukun, Townsville, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Caboolture, Sunshine Coast, Western Districts, Ipswich and Logan. It will be expanded across the state to include 10 further sites, with the the Gold Coast and Mount Isa to open in early October.

As at 30 June 2019, there have been 550 enrolments in a T2S course with 406 (74 per cent) participants completing one or more certificates.

*Names have been changed to protect identity