Local Solutions

Jobactive delivers for young Daniel

Indigenous man sitting on lawn mower smiling, at a golf course


When Daniel McKechnie started a Work for the Dole placement, he did not think that he would have a permanent job he loved within three weeks. 

Daniel, a young Indigenous man from Sawtell, near Coffs Harbour on the northern coast of New South Wales, had never had a full-time job when he joined the Australian Government’s Jobactive initiative.

The initiative places job seekers in activities where they can gain skills and experience that give back to the community and can help them find a job. Daniel was placed with the Sawtell Golf Club and was with the club for just over three weeks when, according to Alvin Kan, General Manager of the Sawtell Golf Club, they offered Daniel a permanent role.

“We could see that Daniel really enjoyed the work and was enthusiastic. A position became available so we decided to take him on as an apprentice greenkeeper,” Alvin said.

Daniel said he came into work early each day and worked hard to prove himself to the club.

“This was the type of work that I really wanted to do,” Daniel said.

“I love working outdoors and with nature. It’s good to be out in the fresh air and to work with good people.”

This is my first full time job and it’s great to have the reliable work and income. It helps with my life situation at the moment and it’s great that I get a qualification at the end as well. My friends and family are all proud of me.”

Now Daniel knows he’s got a great career in front of him.

“I know I’m lucky to have one of the most multi-skilled apprenticeships out there – learning about machinery, chemicals, plumbing and horticulture.”