Sam Sampton

With family from Badu in the Torres Strait, Sam Sampton was born and raised in Cairns.

As the eldest of two other siblings Sam has always dreamed of pursuing a career in the construction industry.

“Because I was a member of NEATO Employment Service, they explained to me about construction courses with MiHaven and so I thought straight away to give it a go,” says Sam.

“I’ve done most of the courses that MiHaven provides such as retailing, warehousing; and I am now doing construction.”

In the construction course Sam is learning flooring, concreting, tiling and plumbing and says that he is thoroughly enjoying the experience.

Sam has since worked with the Gumba Gumba Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders building at the back of their offices and says that in the short term he is waiting for a job in warehousing.

“But for the long term my goal is to gain work in the building industry,” says Sam.

He also has a greater vision to have his own building company.

Building is in Sam’s blood as a couple of his uncles have had contract work through the Brisbane City Council and one was a foreman.

“My motivation is to gain full-time work and get off the dole,” continues Sam.

His biggest motivation is also the help he gets from not only his family, but also his girlfriend.

“My girlfriend works at Masters and she has been really supportive.”

MiHaven has helped Sam along his journey to achieve his goals and has some strong advice for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

“You must find out what you want to do in life and learn to grow up,” he says.