SEE opens doors for Steven

“The wife said she can actually read my writing now!”

August 17 2017


Steven working hard in the SEE program Salisbury, South Australia.

After 30 years in the automotive industry, 53-year-old Steven became a full time carer for his wife who lives with chronic pain, his grandchildren and foster children. 

After two years out of the workforce, Steven is eager to achieve his lifelong dream of working in Civil Construction.

Salisbury Placement Consultant (PC) Peter Murphy helped Steven take the first steps to achieving his dream. Steven has completed a Certificate II in Civil Construction, Certificate I and II in Warehouse Operations, an excavator course, and was successful in gaining a forklift licence and MR licence during his time at MAX Employment Salisbury. 

“Pete had my back the whole time,” Steven said. 


In his previous jobs, Steven never had the need to utilise his reading or writing ability, so one of the biggest obstacles Steven faces is low literacy and numeracy skills.

“I’ve been in the workforce since I was 16, doing a lot of hands on work. I’m really good with my hands,” he said. 


To overcome this barrier, PC Peter recommended Steven take part in the MAX Solutions SEE* program. 

Steven had tried the SEE program before with a different provider, but was not happy with the one-size-fits-all training. 

“What I have found with the MAX SEE program is it is better and what I needed. They focus more on my needs and abilities. My teachers are very good at what they do and they have a relaxed environment for all students to feel comfortable and not stressed.”


Since starting the SEE program, Steven says his literacy and numeracy skills have improved at least 50 per cent. 

“The wife said she can actually read my writing now!”


With Steven’s literacy and numeracy improving, he was able to secure weekend work cleaning and washing trucks with Wash It Australia. 

Community Liaison Officer Rania Komakis says Steven’s achievements to date are a testament to his hard work. 

“Steven is one of our best students. His work ethic is phenomenal. He’s there early, he stays late. He’s so proud of where he’s come from.”


Since beginning SEE, Steven has not missed a class and is a shining example that it’s never too late to learn. 

Steven has advice for other’s who might be interested in participating in SEE.

“If you’re unsure, or if you’re struggling with employment, go for it. It’s a very good idea, SEE does help in a number of ways - more than what you’d think.”

*The SEE program provides targeted English language, numeracy and digital literacy training within our vocational training courses for people accessing Australian Government income support. To find out how our combined SEE and vocational training courses can help you and your family build a better future, call 1800 021 560 or email info@maxsolutions.edu.au

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