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Over Your Challenges to Employment?

Posted by admin on May 9, 2019

If you’re living with a disability, you probably already know how difficult it is to find a job.

At APM we understand the challenge of finding an employer who will give you a chance.

Not to mention the pressure you put on yourself to prove yourself to friends and family before you meet potential managers or colleagues.

But whether you’re living with a physical, intellectual, or injury related disability, if you want to work, we can help.

As Australia’s largest provider of Disability Employment Services, our experienced consultants know how to open the doors on your next job.

How we opened doors for Maddy

Joining the Disability Employment Services program, Maddy had a clear goal when she walked into APM – to find a job she could perform well and with a smile on her face.

Maddy and her parents had faced the obstacles of growing up with cerebral palsy, an intellectual disability, and epilepsy.

When Maddy left school, she was determined to continue overcoming these challenges when it came to finding a job.

It was Maddy’s determination and dedication to her individual APM job plan that impressed the Marlin Swim School who offered her a work experience trial.

Making the best start

With the support of the staff along with her dedicated APM employment consultant Ali, Maddy was able to excel in the role and was soon offered a job with the school.

Now she is joining in children’s swimming classes and training to become a teacher, an achievement her parents never thought possible.

“A job to me is that I know that I can stand on my own two feet eventually,” Maddy said.

“APM was a big help in achieving my goals to be a teacher.”

Helping Pat go beyond his goals

When Centrelink referred Pat to APM for disability employment services, his positive approach to finding a job made a strong impression.

It was clear Pat was eager to find work in which he could shine.

As part of his personalised job plan with APM employment consultant Shelley, Pat was able to build skills and confidence to approach and talk to potential employers.

It was a meeting with Michael at Warragul Country Club where Pat was able to show his friendly and approachable personality.

Michael was so impressed that he created a new role just for Pat, where he would help the club’s café during their busiest periods.

And then there was success!

There were a few hurdles at the beginning as Pat sometimes dropped things, but working with his new employer and supported by APM, he was able to overcome the challenges.

In particular, a special tray with extended sides made it easier for Pat to carry plates, cups and everything else between the café tables. Soon Pat was making great strides in both his work and his confidence.

Now he is a popular member of the team. Club members often take a moment to stop and chat with him on their regular visits and newcomers are delighted with the warm welcome Pat brings.

Meanwhile, Pat’s employers couldn’t be happier with the progress he’s made and his role within the team.

Let’s open doors for you

We know everyone’s challenges are different. However, if you’re facing challenges to employment like Maddy and Pat, come and see our team about accessing the support you need to find a job that works for you.

Speak to us at the Gold Coast Disability Expo on Friday and Saturday, 7-8 June, at The Gold Coast Event Centre, Bundall QLD.  Visit apm.net.au, go to our disability employment services page, or call 1800 276 276 for more information.

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