Northern Futures: Brea’s Journey
Brea Lee Pryor’s own journey is only 18 years old, yet this young Indigenous woman has already come a long way since leaving school in Year 11 in 2015.
Now working as a trainee reception services officer for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Barwon Area, she had help from Northern Futures and a Viva Energy Role Model Scholarship to secure what for her is a critical step to achieving her dream job.
“I didn’t want to do Year 12 and was keen to get into the workforce. I had started working at McDonalds, but my goal was to work with Indigenous youth and I just didn’t know how I could get there,” Brea said.
Northern Futures suggested she apply for a traineeship (Certificate lll Business) at DHHS, but she needed financial support to complete the process. The Viva Energy Role Model Scholarships were established to support jobseekers secure sustainable employment. As well as paying her a support fee, the scholarship funded her Working with Children Check, allowing her to take the next step in her employment journey.
“This is the most amazing experience. I didn’t expect to get this job and I’m so grateful to Northern Futures, Viva Energy and DHHS for the support they’ve given me. Everyone has been so helpful. I couldn’t have achieved this on my own,” Bree said.
Eight months into her twelve-month traineeship, Brea has become a valued member of the team and is hoping to remain at DHHS once her traineeship finishes.
“She’s a star!” says her supervisor Jean Evans. “She’s done so well and will soon start a short-term secondment in another section, which just shows the regard for her in here.”
Working full-time means Brea is better able to support her family financially.
“My brother is only 8 and I am able to take him to school before coming into work, which is fantastic. Dad is really happy with the direction I’m heading.”
Brea already has plans to complete further study once her traineeship is complete, saying, “That’ll be the next step for me.”