A MatchWorks job seeker has overcome difficult times to land
back in employment doing something she loves. When Samantha
presented to MatchWorks Strathpine she was experiencing depression,
which had caused her to leave her dream job in Korea as a Teacher
of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
Alcohol, drug and legal issues were holding job seeker Nicole
back from finding ongoing employment when she first presented at
MatchWorks Corio. Nicole had been unemployed for more than two
years, had no driver's licence, but she was determined to address
her barriers to work.
MatchWorks job seeker Nicolette has started a course in fitness
education and is on her way to finding employment in the fitness
industry. The 25-year-old has come a long way since her initial
appointment at MatchWorks East Geelong, where she presented with
anxiety and was housebound for the past three years.
MatchWorks Werribee has assisted two job seekers to find
suitable employment at GrainCorp in West Footscray. The job seekers
are employed under the Government's Supported Wage System, which
encourages employers to hire more people with disabilities.
Almost 300 Karingal and St Laurence staff including supported
staff celebrated the Christmas season on the lawns of Kardinia
House on Friday.
Ten Indigenous job seekers were congratulated this week for
graduating from the MatchWorks Deadly Yakka program in Bendigo. The
participants graduated from the four-week employment program on
December 7, which covered goal setting and personal development,
life skills for work, interview skills, presentation advice,
workplace expectations and job search skills; while also addressing
MatchWorks job seekers have helped create a community garden
which exhibits traditional and contemporary bush food plants at the
Melton Botanic Gardens. Job seekers worked alongside the Friends of
the Melton Botanic Gardens (FMBG) over six months to create the
Native Bush Foods Garden. They also revegetated the south bank of
Ryans Creek with indigenous plants.
Indigenous job seekers in Queensland have recently completed a
week-long MatchWorks Deadly Yakka program to assist them in finding
employment. The 15 program participants were congratulated and
presented with awards at a graduation ceremony held on Friday
December 2 at Pine Rivers Golf Club, Kurwongbah.
More than 90 Geelong region Karingal and St Laurence clients and
carers celebrated International Day of People with a Disability
with a trip to Melbourne City Football Club's clash against
Brisbane Roar at Melbourne's AAMI Park on Saturday.