Trades

Trades

Corey

Everyone’s happy with this job placement!

Corey’s full-time work with Paul and the team at Camden Toyota shows how the NOVA job match ensures employees are matched to their workplace.To hear more about Corey’s experience with a great employer, watch this video.

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Meg Elliott 0414 322 911
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Ram

Communication key to employment

Ram worked hard to improve his English skills in order to become job ready.

After taking a little while to settle into NOVA Transition's program in Liverpool, Ram developed his social skills and started making new friends. With this boost of confidence Ram started to believe in himself. As NOVA Employment CEO, Martin Wren says, ‘Great things can happen when we start to believe in ourselves. Often it’s half the battle to achieving our goals.’

Harley

Sky’s the limit!

Sometimes Harley would not get out of bed to attend NOVA Transition Engadine. He has a mild intellectual disability but it was the anxiety that stopped him from doing everyday things.

Yet with coaching from his job coach, Harley’s confidence began to improve to the point that he attempted work experience. The key to his successful first work-experience placement was his being supported 100% of the time by an experienced NOVA support worker. Gradually, he built his skills and courage to the point where he could complete work experience alongside another trainee.

Charbel

This business owner is very happy with his apprentice

In early 2016, Charbel got his dream job as an apprentice cabinet maker. Now he’s sanding drawers and cabinet walls, putting cupboards together, undercoating cabinetry and helping with on-site installations. His boss Rick says, ‘As an apprentice, doing the whole job is important. Not only is it the best way to learn but you develop well-rounded workers.’

Tim

Confidence and value through work

Tim graduated from Penrith’s Transition to Work program in 2014. As you can see in this video, NOVA has helped him become a confident young man who is a valued member of his workplace. He loves his work repairing and rebuilding lawnmowers at GYC lawnmower repairs in Penrith. He learnt a great deal from his job coaches at NOVA Transition, from how to speak to employers to creating PowerPoint presentations to understanding employer expectations. He enjoyed his work experience in a range of different areas. His advice to any young person with a disability trying to get a job is. ‘Never give up!’

Casey

A whole career in front of him

Having started work in December 2015, Casey is one of eight staff at JAX Tyres in Sutherland. He works full time and is undertaking a traineeship in tyre fitting. His supervisor, Bill, says he’s taken to it very quickly: ‘In my thirty years as a tyre fitter I’ve trained a few guys and Casey has picked it up well. I can’t see any of his disabilities holding him back.’

Alan

Independence through a job he enjoys

Alan works full time at Wallace and Wallace Signs and is enrolled in a Diploma of Digital Media. He loves the creative side of his job – designing, using computers and learning from his boss, Craig. 

Craig says that Alan is picking up skills to the point that he can almost do small jobs on his own so he’s a valuable extra pair of hands around the workshop. He contributes different ideas and adds to Craig’s computer knowledge. He has a dry and cheeky sense of humour and is good to have around.

Having known the NOVA Richmond staff for years and Alan through Little Athletics, Craig thought he’d give Alan the opportunity to work in his dream job. Alan came to this role with three years’ experience from The Sebel hotel in Windsor so understood something of the needs of employers. 

The ways in which NOVA Transition helped Alan prepare for the workplace, include:

  • independent living skills, such as budgeting, washing and cooking
  • job-preparation skills, such as resumes and interviews
  • understanding the importance of a neat appearance appropriate to the role. 

He now lives independently and drives himself to work. When business is particularly busy, Alan even delivers signs to customers. 

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