OPINION: Finding a job is no easy task
HOW would you feel if you had recently completed your apprenticeship and the business you worked for closed down?
Compounding your situation was the fact you also had a young family to take care of.
That was the predicament former butcher Jacob Rose found himself in just a few months ago.
Like many who have now been forced onto the unemployment queue Jacob found that getting a job was no easy task.
Developer Sekisui House and the State Government has come to the rescue of Jacob along with 89 others who were out looking for an opportunity.
They are now working on the Ecco Ripley development site on a rehabilitation program for Bundamba Creek.
At the end of the project Jacob will be handed a certificate one qualification in conservation and land management. The group has already planted more than 1500 saplings over more than one hectare.
Jacob said the opportunity had turned around not just his life, but also that of his family.
"Centrelink does a great job, but without this chance I would be struggling," he said.