Recently a young man, Alex Costello from Coolamon Central School was to go out for his Workplacement block. He was eager & keen to work at a local Coolamon business but was restricted by transport. Because of this, he would complete more that 5 days in the workplace, walking to and from school to his placement each day.

Coolamon Cheese Factory were asked by COMPACT to host a workplacement student, who were more than willing to work around Alex’s availability for his workplacement hours and hosted Alex over the period of 26/3 to 5/4.

Coolamon Cheese FactoryUpon a host check-up, COMPACT Work Pathways Coordinator Laura Strano called Christopher Galvin-Moule at Coolamon Cheese Factory, Head Chef & Front of House Manager to find out how the experience was for them, as the employer. Chris expressed he was extremely happy with Alex’s work over the placement and Alex had discussed his passion for the Hospitality Industry and expressed interest in gaining a chef apprenticeship. As a result of Alex’s level of interest and high quality of work, he was offered part-time work at the Coolamon Cheese Factory over the weekends.

When our team member Laura visited Alex in the workplace, he shared his passion for cooking, which started from a very young age. He has worked a number of functions and weddings since beginning employment at the Cheese Factory and when asked if it was a challenge for him, Alex promptly said he was “enjoying it too much for it to be a challenge”. Alex expressed that he loves working for Coolamon Cheese Factory and is excited to see where it takes him.

Coolamon Cheese Factory have been part of the Workplacement program since 2016. They are a well-known, locally run business and their dedication to this program really underlines their values to the core; giving back to the community they are a part of and who supported them from conception.