500th Jobs Champion

500th Jobs Champion Paul Hniat


Glenorchy’s Paul Hniat (62) was made redundant in 2020 due to challenges facing the education sector caused by COVID 19. Shortly after, he found employment with a local business; however, he left due to this role not being the right fit for him. As a fresh start, Paul came to the Glenorchy Jobs Hub in search of the right role. Since then, he’s engaged with all aspects of the Hub, leading him to find employment with Programmed as a Trade Assistant.

We recently caught up with Paul to talk about his journey and achievements.

What were you doing before coming to the Hub?

I worked as a Maintenance Officer at Jane Franklin Hall for over 37 years. Jane Franklin was an exciting place to work, with an interactive and vibrant environment by its staff and students. I loved this role and the opportunities it had given me.

Despite working there for several years, in 2021, I became redundant due to enrolment shortages. I found work straight after with a nursing home, where I worked for several months. I felt this wasn’t the role for me during this time, so I left shortly after.

Afterwards, I worked with friends and family to refine my applications, however, felt that over time I was being a strain. I eventually went to a labour-hire business that recommended the Hub and the support offered.

How did you feel about the Hub?

Given my age, I had been concerned about the prospect of looking for work. After going to the Hub, I felt comfortable and reassured that I would be able to find a new role. The staff put my mind to ease and helped guide me every step of my journey.

The team provided access to countless resources, information and support. They went above and beyond providing help with resumes, interviews, applications, and more. The team was always there providing support, encouragement and advice. At times I did feel that I was using the service more then I should, however I was reassured that it was there for everyone to use as much as they liked.

One of the most significant supports was being put forward for training. Several others and I attended free training run by Link Resources to get us industry ready.

How did you find the training?

It was a phenomenal opportunity to get qualifications and experience in construction. We ran through several courses equipping us all with the skills to enter the construction industry. I found this to be fantastic as it provided a refresher and expansion on my previous knowledge, reinvigorating my passion for the sector.

After completing the training, I was offered a role with Programmed as a Trade Assistant. This was fantastic and gave me a chance that I otherwise wouldn’t have had, had I not signed up for the Hub.

How have you been going working with Programmed?

Since starting with Programmed, I have returned to the work I enjoy. There is an excellent scope of tasks that keeps me busy and going each day. My role also complements my recent training and gives me a more hands-on opportunity.

I want to continue to work with Programmed, working across different projects. In the long term, I want to master each section of the role so I can confidently put my name forward for future roles.

We wish Paul all the best in his ongoing employment and look forward to continuing to support members of the Glenorchy Local Government Area.

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