Southern Downs jobseeker's Merry Xmas
CHRISTMAS has come early to one young Southern Downs jobseeker.
18-year-old Brenton Giblin-Lloyd got the surprise of his life yesterday when the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations The Honourable Grace Grace came to Warwick to let him know he has a new full-time job at Lister's Irrigation.
With cameras flashing and video rolling, the minister shook Mr Giblin-Lloyd's hand and gave him the good news.
The minister was in town for the occasion after having caught wind of local businessman Darryl Evans' plan to find 100 jobs for unemployed youth by Christmas with the help of the state government's Youth Boost funding.
Mr Giblin-Lloyd said the news was absolutely unreal.
"I had no idea this was happening today, it's a big surprise," he said.
"Wayne (Lister) asked me to come in today for another chat, I didn't know I had the job."
Mr Giblin-Lloyd said he'd just moved back to the area and was looking for work.
"I saw the post Darryl Evans put up about looking for unemployed young people and I commented with my interest," he said.
"I've been talking to Darryl and he must have set all this up with Wayne, but it's unreal."
Mr Giblin-Lloyd said he had been unemployed for a month.
"I was living in Brisbane but moved back to Killarney with my girlfriend to be closer to Mum, and we've just got ourselves a place, so this has come at the perfect time," he said.
"I'm really keen to get back in to working again."
Mr Giblin-Lloyd said he knew Mr Lister was looking for a full-time employee.
"But if I get the opportunity to do a traineeship or an apprenticeship, that would be amazing," he said.
"I want to say a massive thanks to Wayne for giving me a go and to Darryl for lining it up and to the minister for coming to Warwick to let me know I got the job, it's completely unreal and a huge surprise."
Minister Grace said Mr Lister was so good for letting her make the announcement to Mr Giblin-Lloyd.
"That was really exciting, I've never done that before," she said.
"And the proactive work done by both Wayne and Darryl here in Warwick is outstanding.
"It ticks all the boxes with what we're trying to achieve.
"It's great for businesses, local young people and for the community as a whole."
Southern Downs Regional Council's Mayor Cr Tracy Dobie said:
"This is a great initiative by the Queensland Government and it is a real credit to Darryl that he has taken up the initiative and pushed it to employers and to those seeking employment in the region," she said.
Mayor Dobie also met with Minster Grace yesterday.
Currently, 28 positions have already been filled.
To be a part of the campaign, phone Darryl Evans on 46611227.