Tamara Eldridge is a 21 year old Aboriginal woman from Noble Park.
She completed her Community Traineeship Pilot Program intensive training in April 2019, and is now working at the Taskforce Community Agency in Bentleigh.
Tamara left school in Year 9 for family reasons and began working in hospitality and factory roles at the age of 14. She was referred to the Community Traineeship Pilot Program in early 2019.
Tamara says receiving support from a youth worker as a teenager helped her decide to pursue her own career in community services.
“I didn’t know what career I wanted to take but working with a youth worker helped me find my purpose”
Tamara works across a number of areas at Taskforce, including assisting with classes for people battling addiction, at the organisation’s Youth Hub and performing reception and administrative duties.
Tamara describes the program as “wonderful” and says she “enjoys going to work each day”.
She says she lives by a simple motto:
“Always be hopeful in finding work and never to give up when things turn bad.”