MatchWorks job seeker placed in supportive environment
Tuesday, 24 January, 2017
Geelong job seeker
Mason presented to MatchWorks Geelong looking for independence and
felt this would be found through employment.
The 20-year-old, who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, had
recently completed a Certificate IV in Accounting at the Gordon
TAFE to increase his employability. He had also been volunteering
with Springdale Neighbourhood Centre in Drysdale.
Mason didn't have a car or licence and wasn't very confident in
catching public transport. MatchWorks is assisting by funding
driving lessons and will provide further assistance for licencing
MatchWorks was also able to place Mason in paid employment with
Springdale Neighbourhood Centre in late November. Mason works for
eight hours on a Monday as a general assistant, completing various
tasks as directed by the coordinator Anne Brackley.
Mason enjoys his work at Springdale and is continually learning
in a supportive environment. His main duties include managing and
updating the website and archives.
"I like the people I work with here. I previously worked in
hospitality, so this is far less stressful," he said.
"I like how Anne, in particular, is so accepting of my ideas and
encourages me to put them forward. It's also nice to see how
Springdale Neighbourhood Centre interacts with the community. This
employment has opened up a lot of connections for future employment
Pictured below: MatchWorks job seeker Mason with
Springdale Neighbourhood Centre coordinator Anne
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