Plumbing Journey from South Africa to Australia: Wayne.
In early 2019, Gallant and Worboys Plumbing welcomed Wayne to our team. Wayne first reached out to Gallant Plumbing in mid 2018, expressing interest in joining our team. He has journeyed all the way from South Africa to Australia and is now one of our star performers here at Gallant & Worboys. Read on to discover what Waynes life was like before Gallant, why Wayne wanted to come to Australia, how he discovered Gallant Plumbing, what he likes about Gallant and much more.
Hi, my name is Wayne. I am currently employed at Gallant Plumbing and I have been working here for about five months.
What was life like back in South Africa?
My wife and I and our young son were living at ‘Jeffreys Bay’ on the eastern coast of South Africa. It was an amazing surfing spot and a stunning piece of the country. I had my own plumbing company there which I had been running for the last twelve years.
Why did you want to come to Australia?
This was a fantastic company for my family and I to come over for. We wanted to live here to experience Australia and of course work in Australia.
How did you find out about Gallant Plumbing?
This was actually really interesting. My wife was in the hospital and while she was there, she let me know that she had applied and I was quite surprised. It was really interesting. A couple of weeks later I received a message from Ed (Gallant and Worboys Director) saying “let’s do the interview” and I said: “let’s do it then”. That’s where it all started actually.
What attracted you to Gallant Plumbing?
It was a couple of things. I saw the way they treat customers and it’s important for them to have a good relationship. Even to have good communication with their clients giving them a good product and being transparent in the way they operate. So, it definitely seems like a company that is not just a plumbing company, that has got good values placed for the company itself and that was what attracted me to Gallant Plumbing.
What is it like to live in Australia?
It’s definitely an interesting period that is taking place. Plumbing is Plumbing but they have a different way of doing things. It’s different living in a big city like Melbourne. It’s fast spaced and it’s big. There’s a lot happening so I would say it’s a larger adjustment in certain ways. It is quite an enjoyable one, I don’t find it a negative adjustment. It is just getting your head around traffic and getting your head around parking in the city but it’s a beautiful city, fantastic to work in actually and it’s a privilege to be part of it. Not many people get the chance to do that. So, it’s all thumbs up for me!
What is the Gallant Life like?
In regards to the interview and what Gallant is all about, there was a perceived idea of what’s important in the company and what’s not. There hasn’t been many surprises in regards to how they function and also on what they want. It’s been pretty clear, what they’ve written on paper is pretty justifiable and shows in everything they do in the company. It’s been an enjoyable time thus far and a big learning process. Just the way Australians function overall is just the way that Gallant functions. It has been a positive one and it has been very enjoyable.
Does the work differ much compared to back home.
Back home, we don’t do much roofing and the way of doing plumbing differs and there’s a bit of an adjustment. There are different techniques we need to adhere too and that we need to learn. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same.
Describe the Process of Coming to Australia.
My wife and I decided to come here a few years back and then we let the whole process go and somehow, the spark just got reignited of maybe coming and getting here. It is sad to say this, but with the current political situation back home and for my wife applying for me and getting that process going all happened in a really short space of time.
It was a couple of weeks before we received the opportunity to be interviewed and the arrangement was made for me to get a Visa and coming over for two weeks as a trial period. That happened really quickly and I was a bit hesitant at first, as I had my own company. Having my own company, I was responsible for other families that I needed to take care of. All of that all happened within four to five months, finishing up back home and getting things in place, sorting that out and getting here to Australia.
What were the financial costs to get over to Australia?
If I am correct, we looked at around a hundred and twenty thousand rand, approximately twelve to thirty thousand Australian dollars. That’s just cash-wise but it could be a bit more expensive if you are considering getting all your stuff over here. It all depends on your family and how you plan to do it but the initial set up and getting documents, passports, medicals and all those types of things is a fair amount of costs and a lot of time.
What advice can you give to future applicants?
Well, I say just do it! Come over, explore, find out for yourself and live here. It’s the best you can do for your family at this stage, again out of a political view, but also experience-wise coming here it will broaden your experience of knowledge of plumbing in a larger environment, where it’s all about team effort and not a one-man band. So, I will definitely suggest that you take any opportunity you get and get out here and do it!
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