Sam Matusko

Worker in Transition/Skills Recognition

Sam MatuskoSam Matusko worked as a production forklift operator and warehouse operator at AMCOR for over 16 years before the plant closed down. He decided to enhance his CV with a formal qualification through Kangan Institute’s on-site Skills Recognition process, which eventually led towards securing a new job close to home.

“I was a bit scared and worried when I first found out my job had been made redundant. I was in the same environment for 16 years and I thought it would be hard to move on elsewhere. But after I got rid of the initial shock I just thought I’d try to prove myself and look forward to the next step in my working life.

I learnt about Kangan Institute’s Skills Recognition services through their information sessions presented by Wendy Schwedes at our workplace, which clearly explained the process and what was offered.

Quite a few of us went through it – once one of us started, it snowballed and the word spread. The assessors were very helpful and asked a lot of questions, even discussing my experience from previous jobs, which was good.

I’d definitely recommend Skills Recognition and Kangan Institute to others. I think its great to get recognised for your skills in the workplace because that letterhead from TAFE makes it a lot more official. And it was a benefit that Kangan Institute was coming on-site for about four to five weeks to assess our skills.

I received my qualification which I put on my CV. I’m sure it helped because I received two job offers even before finishing at Amcor. I accepted the position as warehouse operator in Bundoora, which offers great work-life balance and is close to home.

I’ve decided to undertake further training at Kangan Institute with the Diploma of Logistics. I chose Kangan because of my great experience, plus it’s a pretty big name. Having worked in the warehouse logistics department for the last 14 years it’s time to improve my skills; I can’t keep driving a forklift and picking orders all my life. Hopefully with the diploma I’ll be able to advance my career.”