What began as a short term contract has become much more for Braeden.
After finishing year twelve and unsure of the direction for his future, Braeden began a six week short term casual employment contract at Oakdale Garden.
“I knew I wanted to be a part of a team that worked to make sure that everyone was important and Oakdale appealed to me because of this”, Braeden says of his initial choice.
Three years later, Braeden is now employed full-time.
“I knew this was where I wanted to be. I wanted a chance to assist the team and make a difference in whatever way we could in someone’s life.”
Training is a big driver for Braeden, who was able to complete Certificate III in Disability and Horticulture in just over 18 months. During his study Braeden received support and time to complete his course from the Oakdale team. He believes this contributed in achieving his role of potting mix coordinator at Oakdale Garden.
“In completing these two courses, I gained the knowledge and experience which has led to my current position.”
Braeden believes that the focus on quality and personal growth is well established at Oakdale and equality is a big part of workplace culture.
“I know I am a valued member of the team and I make sure every day that I also make everyone feel valued.”
Looking forward, Braeden hopes to complete Certificate IV in Disability and Horticulture to continue building his career with OAK.
“I can see a very bright future and would like nothing more than to be a part of this organisation for many years to come.”