The Transition to Work (TtW) employment program is helping young Mandurah resident, Jacob Allen, secure his dream career in commercial diving.

DREAM CAREER: Jacob Allen, 22, was given the opportunity to train for his dream job as a commercial diver, despite having no experience or qualifications. Photo: Franmarine Underwater Services
DREAM CAREER: Jacob Allen, 22, was given the opportunity to train for his dream job as a commercial diver, despite having no experience or qualifications. Photo: Franmarine Underwater Services

Meet Jacob Allen.

The 22-year-old Mandurah resident has always wanted to pursue a career in commercial diving.

But it seemed impossible without formal training or experience.

Mr Allen said in his search for work, having no experience wasn't the only problem.

"I also didn't have the money to pay for the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) training courses that I had to do to get a foot in the door," Mr Allen said.

With the help of a Federal Government program, he is making his dream come true.

MOTIVATED: With help from the Training Alliance Group (TAG) in Mandurah, Mr Allen was driven to complete his commercial diving qualifications. Photo: Franmarine Underwater Services

MOTIVATED: With help from the Training Alliance Group (TAG) in Mandurah, Mr Allen was driven to complete his commercial diving qualifications. Photo: Franmarine Underwater Services

Mr Allen is part of the Transition to Work (TtW) program aimed at helping those aged between 15 and 24 overcome barriers to employment.

He is completing the program through business, Training Alliance Group (TAG).

TAG job placement coordinator Joe Wright said the program benefited both job seekers and employers.

"It's a great way to help young people get started in the workforce and for employers to take on motivated individuals who are excited about their futures," he said.

Mr Wright said while the program couldn't be used to cover the cost of diving accreditation courses that Mr Allen needed, he reached out to a network of people in and around the diving sector to make his dream job become a reality.

Mr Allen was introduced to the chief executive of Henderson-based Franmarine Underwater Services, Adam Falconer-West, who was impressed by his drive and passion.

LIVING THE DREAM: Chief executive of Franmarine Underwater Services, Adam Falconer-West, recognised Mr Allen's drive and offered to train him on the job.Photo: Franmarine Underwater Services

LIVING THE DREAM: Chief executive of Franmarine Underwater Services, Adam Falconer-West, recognised Mr Allen's drive and offered to train him on the job.Photo: Franmarine Underwater Services

"Although [Mr Allen's] lack of formal qualification and professional experience meant I couldn't offer him a job on the spot, I was prepared to give him a go if he did the foundation ADAS diving course and proved his commitment," Mr Falconer-West said.

Motivated by this and armed with job seeking skills from TAG, Mr Allen saved enough money to do the required diving course. Impressed by his drive and follow-through the company took him on permanently.

Mr Allen said he was grateful to be working in an industry he enjoys.

"I want others to know that just because you don't have the right workplace experience or training does not mean you should give up on your dreams," he said.