SOMETIMES all anyone needs is a chance.
When Rahmon Rivero was a teenager, he got his chance through work experience that kick started a 27-year, and counting, career in the automotive industry.
Now Rahmon owns R and K Alignment and Exhaust — and is attempting to give a young student the same opportunity he was given all those years ago by taking work experience kids.
“I wanted to try and give some kids in the next generation a shot at it too,” Rahmon said.
At first it was just an idea — Rahmon has only had R and K Alignment and Exhaust since November.
But the longer he thought about the way his career started out he knew giving students the opportunity was the right thing to do.
“I contacted the school and Donna Campbell (Kyabram P-12 careers practitioner) and she came back to me and said ‘I’ve got about seven or eight kids who would be interested’,’’ he said.
“I said I’d absolutely take them on.”
The students have been going through Rahmon’s shop on a rotational basis, helping out in any way they can.
“We try to get them involved in as much stuff around the shop as we can, really throw them in the deep end because that’s the way they’re going to enjoy it and learn.”
A lot of students enjoy hands-on work more than sitting in the classroom and the combination Kyabram P-12 College and Rahmon have formed gives these students the opportunity to get out into the workforce.
“It’s so important because kids need to be able to get out there and see if they enjoy what they are interested in, so they are prepared for work,” Mrs Campbell from Kyabram P-12 College said.
“It’s OK to be interested in it but you never really know if you’re going to enjoy it until you’ve been there and tried it.”
Rahmon said he tries to make the experience as much about fun as it is about learning.
“I love having the kids around; another set of hands is always good and I could be introducing someone to something they will want to do one day.
“I don’t get anything out of it (financially) but if they can learn something from it that’s what they are here for.”
The school thanked Rahmon for his support in helping the students of Kyabram P-12, who may not have had this experience otherwise.
“For a business like his to put their hand up and give his time to some of the kids is great,’’ Mrs Campbell said.
“He wanted to give back and contacted us about it and all the feedback from the kids has been really positive.”