Are you a “closeted” helper? An ugly employer? or kid gone wrong? – What Really Drives Us?

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“Call Gino mate, he’ll get you an Apprenticeship”

“Kick starting Trade Careers, Moore still on the Job” (Manly Daily, Dec 2016)

“Former fireman’s job centre for young sports people” (Daily Telegraph, June 2016)

…And after that introduction Tradie Exchange Marketing just had to meet with Glenn Moore (Gino)! Glenn is based on the Northern Beaches in Sydney and is tirelessly connecting Apprentices with Employers.

What’s the go here and what is driving Glenn to do this?

For the past few years Glenn has been one of the Ambassadors for the Trade Up with the NRL Programme. This programme was set up to match young talent in the NRL with Career Mentors and Ambassadors who could help them get ahead both on and off the field. Specifically with their mindset and career options in readiness for ‘life after league’.

I have informally labelled this the “Big Brother” programme.

The Trade Up with the NRL programme has changed over the years, however many of the Ambassadors remain passionate about helping young people to get ahead. Glenn was an Ambassador for the Manly Sea Eagles and to this day remains passionate about providing mentoring support. I believe all of the Ambassadors remain this way.

The reason for sharing this story is because I truly believe there are many people like Glenn who are closeted helpers. You may not be involved in a formal a programme but in many ways you find ways to reach out and help make the pathway smoother for others. Kindness can be subtle.

Glenn’s role has changed from being involved in a structured programme with the NRL, to an informal programme which he has continued. Glenn operates a Facebook Page and Instagram Page called “Trading up with the NRL – Northern Beaches”. He has also been interviewed by the Manly Daily, receiving a fantastic write up “Kick starting Trade Careers, Moore still on the job as mentor”.

Glenn, why are you doing this?

I just really like helping people get ahead.

I’d really like these young kids to get jobs. To get back on their feet with work. No drugs, no smoking, just to keep things under control and work successfully.

I really believe that work is so important to people. Where we have kids sitting around at home employment is everything for young people. It’s good for self worth and self-esteem.

Work is much more than getting paid money.

It’s about getting the boys/girls ‘meaningful’ ‘enjoyable’ ‘financial’ work.

Is what you are doing funded?

No. What I am doing now is not funded. I am currently doing this because on the one hand I know kids who are looking for jobs, and on the other hand I know there are employers who are looking for Apprentices or need assistance. I’m able to make those connections.

Of course I would like the sort of work I am doing to be funded and that’s what should happen next. In the meantime it comes with no responsibility & accountability so I am able to help in ways that I believe are most useful for everybody involved.

How do you help?

It is informal, but I do know of employers who have jobs but they don’t have apprentices on the Northern Beaches. Carpenters, Tilers, Gyprockers.

I think it’s more than just putting information out there. It’s actually helping to bridge the gap and make the connections. I just do it in an informal way to help make a connection where I can see there would be a good match. Or if I’m speaking to a potential employer I can mention a kid I know and tell them a bit about them and what’s needed or could work. Then after the introductions are done I’m someone who acts as a bit of a conduit I suppose who can check up on both sides.

These connections just fall into place some times.

I think it’s really important when building these connections that we’re just really honest – never burning anybody. I don’t promise I can do anything….but I’ll do my very best, and 99% of the time we’ll get a great outcome.

That’s why I haven’t moved on because I don’t know what’s going to happen next. You get a good outcome and get a bit addicted, you go ‘wow’ that was good. I wonder if I can do that again. Then a parent contacts you and says ‘we’re so happy’, and also saying their son wants to post a letter (I mean who posts letters these days!), and I also got a card from a dad.

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And what does keep you going?

Every time I’m about to give this up something else happens that gives me a boost. I manage to make a great connection between a young kid and an employer. Recently, and probably because of some of the media and social media exposure there have been more people contacting me. Parents who are concerned for their kids.

I recently received a message from a mother asking about job connections for her son – his father had committed suicide. I am helping to see if I can place another young kid, he’s really great but has lost his way a bit – with his brothers in jail. I’ve been able to help with a bit of guidance on doing a couple of days at TAFE, and creating a link with a local employer.

At times I’ve been a go-between when kids are having a hard time with an employer. The kid says something to their mum because they don’t know how to deal with the situation with their boss. Then the mum calls me for advice because she doesn’t want her son to give up or lose his apprenticeship.

We all know that sometimes there’s the “Ugly Employer”… or is it because the “Kids got Attitude”…which one is it?

Glenn Moore Trading Up

What about you? What makes you tick?

[Lean In]

Me? I lived in Rooty Hill and went to Rooty Hill high. Both mum and dad were hard workers but at times loved the pokies and the horses. Obviously it makes it harder to be a saver when gambling.

At school I used to muck around, like most kids at the time and did modified maths…like you know, was it “maths for idiots”?

But was I stupid?

From the time I left school I was never without a job. I left school on the Friday and started work on the Monday at the Timber Yard.

For some reason I could always save money.

I bought a block of land at Green Point in Gosford. Paid that off. Then bought a home unit in Parramatta. Then I bought a unit in Manly…and so on. I would work, save and borrow (to pay for the houses).

At 20 I got into NSW Fire and Rescue. At 20 everyone worked a 2nd job it was just the way it was, it was part of the culture. I’d go onto building sites, mow lawns, waiter and I’d save and buy real estate.

What do I wish for today?

I look back and think, wow, I did all of that (whilst apparently being a ‘dummy’ at maths).

But I do look back and think I could be a lot more well off if I’d had a mentor. They might have taught me a few extra things, like hold onto that property and go and rent a bigger one if you need to. Even though I’ve done well I could have learnt a few more tricks of the trade.

What else helped to shape you?

The fire brigade was so important to me.

The guys worked hard and most guys kept fit and played sport. It was just a good environment and a pleasurable job. Somewhere I enjoyed going to work.

There were just good people around you. You ‘observed’. Because everyone carried a 2nd job, I just did too it was a natural part of the culture. We socialised, played sport, had beers together. The Fire brigade was always there as a backstop, or security blanket.

Security – it gives you confidence.

You always knew what you had to do and you had structure. I was so happy that came along at the age of 20.

“I always wanted to make myself recession proof”

What’s driving you now and why?

I enjoy the human contact. Maybe I need that.

I meet people everywhere I go, whether it’s on the beach or I’m out on a walk. I’ve actually found people jobs out on the beach! I’ve found kids jobs, or where a parent is saying their son needs an apprenticeship.

Sometimes it gets a bit much, or I’m wondering where it’s all headed then something else happens.

I think there’s something inside me that just wants to share things…

Also…“I KNOW HOW SIMPLE IT IS TO GET AHEAD”… I didn’t just work my arse off but it was consistency every single year, not just 2 months, it was every week, every year – 10, 20, 30 years. Do that job. Get that money. Buy that real estate.

I drove an old car right up until it went to the tip.


My advice is to copy someone.

Go and get expert advice.

Get that opportunity and don’t waste it.

And where to next Glenn?

I am looking at the next stage of my life in terms of where I move to with my family and looking ahead at retirement.

I’ve still got a lot of people I know I can help.

[As Glenn pulls out his phone with a list of connections on the go…]

I think there’s something useful about Community Coaching & Connecting.

I agree Glenn


TradieExchange: I can’t think of many things more powerful than connecting people who can help each other get ahead. Today many things are done based on the colour of money. That is just one way of looking at the world.

Great connections help each other get the things that are necessary in life, this includes money plus much much more.


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