Becoming an integral part of the team – Wade’s story.

Wade loved his job as an Administration Assistant with the Procurement Team at Deakin University where he had worked from 2017. But when COVID hit in April 2020, Wade, like so many others, was made redundant.

With the dedicated assistance of Disability Employment Consultant, Ebony, Wade set about gaining new employment with enthusiasm. He had glowing references from his previous employers, yet opportunities were hard to come by.

Wade’s dedication was impressive and in addition to continued job searching, he undertook several measures to improve his employability. He worked on improving his physical fitness and engaged in sessions with Mia, our experienced health and wellbeing professional. He participated in MatchWorks programs such as KickStart, 5 Steps Forward and Destination Work for tailored support and mentoring. Wade also completed the CAFÉ Hospitality course and attended multiple mock interviews to improve his interview technique.

Finding an inclusive employer

In August 2021, Integral Diagnostics People and Culture Business Partner, Stephanie Bartley contacted MatchWorks to assist with recruitment and disability training for the team. After watching a program on SBS, she had realised the benefits of employing someone with disability and committed to do something about it.

“I learned that 1 in 5 people have some type of disability in the community and realised that the workforce needed to reflect this,” Stephanie said.     

After creating the right role, the MatchWorks team in Geelong supported Stephanie to find the best person for the job. Wade was the perfect match and in September 2021, he was offered an ongoing position as Administrative Assistant.

“Suddenly I had a job and a new daily routine,” Wade said. “I was meeting new people which was great after the lockdowns as they were socially isolating. I feel more calm and stable now.”

Wade recently achieved eight-weeks in the role and is loving his job. The employer couldn’t be happier describing Wade as a ‘godsend’ and saying he is now an integral part of the team and a delight to work with. Congratulations Wade – we look forward to seeing you continue to achieve your goals.

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