“Courage is contagious. Keep things as simple as possible and pray you will get there. RISE is there to help you and they are extremely good at it.” – Gideon Stevens
Growing up in the Waikato, Gideon struggled at school and felt there was a lack of supportive and engaged teachers. He left school very anxious with no qualifications and went into retail work, as he lacked the confidence to apply for any ‘office jobs’.
Upon moving to Wellington to attend Potter’s House Christian Fellowship, Gideon signed up to receive the Unemployment benefit to keep his head above water. After a few months of unsuccessfully trying to secure work, Gideon was referred to the Talent RISE Programme in Wellington.
Talent RISE worked with Gideon to identify his strengths and areas for development, guiding him through any barriers to employment such as confidence or approach to corporate culture. RISE also ran through CV writing, interview training, and other job hunting skills. Through the programme Gideon received certificates in First Aid, Health and Safety, Workplace Communication and Workplace Ethics. Gideon then had two weeks working in the Talent office to gain work experience and an insight into corporate culture and the expectations and communication style that come with it.
Talent RISE then supported Gideon through a process that saw him secure a temporary role with Kiwibank in their Contact Centre.
On completion of the temporary assignment with Kiwibank, Gideon was offered further temporary work, however due to the skills he gained at Kiwibank he was also offered a permanent role with Rabobank and opted to take the Rabo opportunity where he is still currently employed.
Gideon has now purchased a vehicle and is learning to play the piano. He also visits Talent RISE speaks to our Tauira about his experience and has offered to be a youth mentor. He is a driven, hard-working young professional and we are so proud of how far he has come!