A WAGGA auto electrician has called for more businesses to offer employment opportunities to troubled teens after receiving more than 30 applications for one position.
It comes as law enforcement and politicians continue to search for ways to end the scourge of youth crime which is plaguing Wagga.
Kade Passlow knows the value that a steady job can offer a wayward kid.
As a teenager, Mr Passlow found it hard to stay motivated in his studies.
“When I was at school I wasn’t really interested,” he said.
“But then as soon as I left school in year 10, I got a trade and I never left the trade.
“I just enjoyed it.”
Now Mr Passlow is paying the favour forward, offering an employment trial to someone that is trying to get off the wrong side of the tracks.
If they have done something wrong it's not going to look good on their resume. I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and let them have a crack.
After posting the job to a Facebook Wagga jobs group on Thursday night, the offer has received more than 600 likes and 100 comments.
Mr Passlow has since been sent more than 30 resumes and he will begin the process of whittling down to just one applicant next week.
He was pleased to be offering someone a shot at employment they might not get elsewhere.
“If they have done something wrong it's not going to look good on their resume,” Mr Passlow said.
“I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and let them have a crack.”
More times than not, those who had been through rough times and come out the other side turned out to be more committed to work, Mr Passlow said.
“I do know people who have been down the wrong path and they have struggled to get a second chance,” he said.
“Normally the people like that I have met, they are serious about you giving them a second chance so they do it at 100 per cent.
“It can work both ways; I can get them back on path and in return I get someone who is working.”
Mr Passlow could only afford to take on one employee, and was hoping more businesses across Wagga could follow his lead.
“If everyone took one kid on, you’ve got them off the streets and working,” he said.