The PJL Group have secured a celebrity recruit with the recent hire of Richie Strahan from popular reality dating show, The Bachelor Australia (Season Four).
While fans of the show were hanging out to discover who Richie gave the final rose to, Richie went bush to further his career as a Non Destructive Testing Technician with his friends at PJL Group in Orange.
In the break between filming the last of the show and the promotional tours, Richie completed his PJL Group company inductions and on boarding process, and was deployed to work in remote locations with the PJL Mechanical Inspection team.
PJL Group is pleased to have him working for the company as a valuable member of the team in these exciting times. Richie’s “high octane” personality was a good fit for the current soaring energy of the company.
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Richie spent his early years with his father in mining areas like the Pilbara and Tom Price in the West before heading back to Perth.
With a self-confessed dislike of school, Richie explored careers in marketing, promotion, finance and construction before training to become a Rope Access Technician.
A long way from the glitz and glamour of the Bachelor pad, Richie says he loves working with the PJL Group Team in maintenance and inspection and plans to do further work with the company in the future.
“Every job is different and it’s always exciting,” Richie explained. “I’ve really enjoyed my stint out here working with good friends and getting to see the awesome countryside. I can’t wait to come back when it’s warmer and hit the water sports!”
Richie’s mine-to-modelling story began quite unexpectedly with his sister snapping a picture of him and sending it to the Cleo Bachelor of the Year competition. After making it into the top 30 - a casting producer from the Bachelor tried to contact Richie to try out for the Bachelor.
Although he originally ignored the message thinking it was a scam, Richie was eventually
shortlisted, but didn’t make the cut. Still single and eligible, he was then cast in the Bachelorette.
Richie’s down-to-earth, ‘Regular Aussie Bloke’ personality hit a nerve with viewers who were unhappy when he was not chosen to continue in the show. When casting for the next Bachelor came up, Richie was on the top of the list.
While viewers were given a full-frontal view of the action between some of the “higher maintenance” contestants, Richie said his non-destructive testing skills weren’t required.
“The girls were always on their best behaviour around me,” Richie laughed. “I was quite removed from it really. Men are so from Mars! When we were doing the Bachelorette, the other fella’s all got on like good mates. We had a great time.”