Why this local business gave a young worker $25k
AT JUST 23, Justin Spiby has earned himself enough money to put a deposit on a house, simply for being a loyal employee.
Mr Spiby was invited to participate in White Industries' Apprentice Awards Program after commencing a school-based apprenticeship with the foundry in 2012.
After graduating high school in 2013, Mr Spiby was given the option to work for White Industries full time, and either be paid 25% above the award during his time working, or partake in a six-year contract and be paid flat award. Under this six-year contract, the extra 25% above the award went into a separate account to be received after six years working with White Industries.
Choosing the six-year contract meant that, on Friday, Mr Spiby received a cheque for $25,000 after putting in six years of work with the foundry.
Mr Spiby said going into the workforce straight after school was something he had always wanted to do.
"They gave me a good opportunity for me to do that and they were happy for me to start there," he said.
"I also enjoyed the work; I'd never had a job before so for me working, I enjoyed doing it.
"I got the hang of it and they offered me the job, so I just followed through with it.
White Industries founder Craig White told the Herald Mr Spiby was a standout employee from the moment he began after his school-based apprenticeship.
"He is turning into a great tradesman," Mr White said.
"It's great watching them grow. We've seen him turn up at the end of grade 12 as a young kid and six years later now we see him as a great tradesman and becoming a great father, and hopefully he'll become a great provider for that family.
"And we get to see that journey and be a part of it."
Mr Spiby is the first employee to have come through the program, and Mr White hopes he will inspire other young up-and-comers to follow along the same path.
"Part of it is that they're there to train the next kids that come through the program," Mr White said.
"So instead of finishing their apprenticeship and going off elsewhere or outside of the trade, those kids are still with us and they can train the next lot of kids coming through."
"We're looking forward to more kids coming through and seeing more kids take up that incentive program."
For young students interested in beginning work experience, the foundry currently has a position open for an apprentice moulder starting in the new year.
Apply for the apprenticeship in person at White Industries.