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Keily’s volunteer work and talent pays off

Recently married, Keily, a Dunghutti woman, was determined to find employment to support her family and be a great role model for her kids. 

Real Futures worked with Keily to explore her interests and skills. While Keily had administration and retail qualifications, she lacked work experience. However, we soon recognised that her volunteer work with Australian Red Cross and the Pandanus People had given her great skills we could represent to employers. 

Keily is dependable, motivated, and has a quiet and steady presence in any team. She has proven herself to have great community spirit and pride and is also very creative – Keily weaves beautiful natural raffia earrings among many other crafts. 

Our Real Futures Employment Development Specialist worked with Keily to support her job applications and interviews. Keily presented herself so well that she was given the opportunity to enter the hospitality industry with no previous work experience. 

Keily is now working as a housekeeper and is loving her new role. She says: “Real Futures has really inspired me to be a better worker and a better role model for my kids.” 

Keily has also developed a great relationship with her employer who says: “Keily is one of our hardest workers and proves herself everyday.” 

Real Futures is proud to continue to support Keily to achieve her work ambitions and independence.  

About Real Futures VTEC program 

Real Futures operatesVocational Training and Employment Centres(VTECs) in regional NSW and Western Sydney, as well as in Geraldton and the Pilbara in WA, and in Darwin, NT. 

VTEC is a voluntary program which gives people who want to learn and work the opportunity to meet employers who are willing to train and hire them.  

The key feature of VTECs is the guarantee of a job before job-specific training starts.  

To join our VTECs, call for a yarn on 1800 732 538 or email