NEW START: Mike Gaur and Ashneel Dutt, pictured with HR manager Beth Morris on their first day of work at Dingo Australia in Dalby.
NEW START: Mike Gaur and Ashneel Dutt, pictured with HR manager Beth Morris on their first day of work at Dingo Australia in Dalby. Alasdair Young

Work for the Dole leads to new start

AFTER months on the bottom rung, hard work and good presentation have paid off for two Dalby men seeking work.

Ashneel Dutt and Mike Gaur (pictured) were both unemployed and engaged in the Work for the Dole program through the Dalby Chamber of Commerce, taking whatever opportunities they could.

Ashneel had only been out of the job market for a few months, while Mike had been moving between temporary jobs to support himself when they were offered an interview for a position at Dingo Australia.

The opportunity came about after the plight of local jobseekers was noticed in the last edition of the Dalby Herald by Dingo’s management, and an interview was set up immediately.

Human resources and administration manager Beth Morris said Mike’s enthusiasm set him up perfectly for an opportunity in fabrication, potentially leaving Ashneel to continue his job hunt.

However, due to Ashneel’s excellent manner and curiosity about the business, Ms Morris felt compelled to lobby general manager Peter Smethurst to give him a start on their assembly line, putting together Dingos with the team.

Mr Smethurst tested the pair on their basic welding skills and evaluated their attitudes before giving the all-clear.

Mr Smethurst, who employs more than 40 people locally through Dingo Australia, said it was Ashneel’s intelligent line of questioning about the product and the business model that led him to give Ashneel a chance at Dingo also.

“It’s no secret that times are tough for jobseekers, across Australia and here in Dalby, but we can’t let that get in the way of hiring the best people,” he said.

“Some (jobseekers) come in... I ask them what they know about Dingo, and they haven’t even done their homework.

“It’s not enough to want a job, you have to want a career.”

Over the next few years the pair will receive their Certificate 3 in Engineering, with Ashneel moving into maintenance, fitting and turning, while Mike moves into fabrication.


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