From living in Delhi in northern India, to playing cricket in the southern Queensland town of Chinchilla, the last 18 months has been a whirlwind for Sandeep Singh.

Sandeep, who is customer service manager for a cleaning company in Chinchilla, says the move to Australia improved his job chances, but also has given him an opportunity to contribute to his new community.

“I’m from Delhi, in the state of Haryana, and I was studying but didn’t get a job there, so I came to Australia.

At first I came here to study and then I got a good job, thanks to Mick Keegan from Auslink.

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Coming from a small village in northern India, the regional Queensland town of Chinchilla seemed like the natural fit for Narender Singh when he was looking for work in Australia.

Narender, from the Punjab, came to Australia in 2007 to do a course in commercial cookery and hospitality management, however didn’t get a job after studying for two years.

“I then applied to be a boiler-maker, because that’s what my father does in India, so I studied that for two years and moved to Chinchilla in 2012 to look for a job.

But that also proved to be hard as everyone was asking for experience and I didn’t have much as I’d just finished two years of study, so I didn’t get a job as a boiler-maker,” Narender says.

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There’s nothing more valuable than an employee who works hard and is willing to stay the course.

That’s what the Queensland regional community of Chinchilla has in Tejbir (Goldie) Singh, who has spent the last two years working for Holden as a motor mechanic in the town.

However Goldie’s path to being a motor mechanic in the southern Queensland centre wasn’t as straightforward as you might think.

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