Choosing the path to employment

After finishing school, Pissett considered his options. Of the various NDIS choices available, he chose the path to employment so Pissett registered with NOVA Transition Ingleburn.

And that choice has paid off: Pissett got a job as an assistant storeperson at Ultimate Suspension.

The role is a Traineeship in Automotive Sales (parts), which means both employer and employee are committed to making this job a career for Pissett.

It’s a win-win, according to his employer, Ken O’Keefe, who says: ‘Pissett is very likeable. He gets on well with other staff. He takes responsibility for his work and is willing to learn.’

Donna Baxter's team from NOVA Employment placed Pissett into the role. ‘The benefits of a traineeship include long-term work and learning about the business from the bottom up,’ she says.

The team from NOVA Ingleburn has placed more than one in three job seekers into work attached to an apprenticeship or traineeship in the past 18 months.

Employers can take advantage of great initiative schemes when they take on trainees and apprentices, according to Donna. ‘As well, the community views this long-term dedication to local youth as a valuable contribution to society, which does no harm to an employer's reputation,’ she says.

‘For NOVA, the commitment from both employee and employer means we can be confident we’ve made a solid job match. NOVA strives to ensure the candidate matches the role. It just makes sense,’ says Donna.

Matching the job seeker to the job makes sense to Ken O’Keefe, too. So much so that he now recommends other businesses get in touch with NOVA Employment for their recruitment needs.

‘Staff at NOVA Ingleburn have been very supportive to both the workers and myself, and have made the whole process simple and smooth.

'Employing people with disabilities has changed my view. It’s a great way to boost productivity while promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion in the workplace,' he says.

Meanwhile, for Pissett, having a job that he likes with a good employer means stability, support and having something useful to do. And he's earning a wage!


Like to take the path to employment and wage-earning like Pissett?

To discuss your options, call NOVA Transition on 1300 Ability (1300 224 548).   

NOVA Transition accepts NDIS School Leaver Employment Supports.

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