Brayton Stratton

Brayton Stratton.

Brayton is an eighteen year old Torres Strait Islander who has lived in both the Torres Strait Islands and Brisbane before settling in Cairns where he is currently enrolled with MiHaven undertaking the MiLife Change vocational and accredited training and employment program.

Before starting with MiHaven in early 2014, Brayton had always been interested in pursuing a career in the warehouse industry.

As a member of NEATO Employment Service, Brayton enrolled in the MiHaven MiLife Change course where he learnt a number of different skills including retailing, warehousing, and construction.

“In the construction course I was taught to make fences, lay concrete and drive forklifts,” Brayton says.

“Ultimately I want my Forklift Licence so that I can learn to drive the big machinery and obtain a job in the mines driving the bigger vehicles.

“In the meantime I have been offered a job with Mitre 10 at Smithfield,” Brayton continues.

He only has to attend the on the job training with Mitre 10 and then he will have a job with them Brayton says.

“My biggest motivation comes from my fellow trainees and the trainers at MiHaven,” says Brayton.

His father is also a chippie and says he frequently asks him questions about being a carpenter.

“Plus I have a lot of respect for him and my uncles.”

Brayton advises other young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to stay focused and pay attention at school.

“You have to have the right qualification for jobs and you won’t achieve it if you don’t pay attention,” he says.

These are wise words for a young man.