In the worker's club now

When Mason was offered a job, he was so excited that he forgot to ask the details of when he’d start and what to wear. He works at the Lithgow Worker’s Club in the motel, where he strips down rooms and makes them up. ‘I have some money now, so if I need something I can work for it,’ he said. ‘And it gets me out of the house!’.

His mum, Karen, remembered the change in Mason’s attitude from school to Katoomba NOVA Transition:  ‘When Mason was at school, he’d come home and I would say, “How was your day?” And he’d say, “Fine”,’ she recalled. ‘But, when he started to go to NOVA, I’d say, “How was your day?” and he’d say, Mum, we did this, or I met someone else. He would talk about people; he would talk about friends he had made. At school, we didn’t have any of that feedback, it was just, “fine” and that was the end of it.’


Maturity, confidence and a well-rounded life

Like most NOVA Transition graduates, Aaron lists having more confidence and self-esteem as the most obvious way he’s changed since starting at Caringbah NOVA Transition. But perhaps that’s a reflection of the way that he’s developed and matured over the past two years – becoming more independent, taking more responsibility and developing a social group.

Aaron graduated with a part-time cleaning job at Putt Planet, and enjoys the friendly staff and getting out of the house. He’s also saving up for an overseas trip.


NOVA makes it easier to understand the world of work

Wearing a suit for the first time, Lachlan took time out of his graduation celebrations to speak about maturing during his two years at NOVA Transition. (Watch the video here.)

Lachlan credits his Job Coach, Sarah from NOVA Katoomba, with helping him to develop confidence, learn which battles are important and understand the world of work. He says the working world is not so complicated as it seemed at first and, anyway, there are people all around you to help. ‘You can adapt as you go,’ he says.


Employer happy to spread the word

Victor and Cathy Glanville, from Vic’s Maxi Transport, didn’t take much convincing when NOVA's Mohamed Bah approached them to see if they’d like to partner with NOVA.

Their NOVA-placed staff member, Jake, works in a small team cleaning the buses and around the depot for eight hours per week. When Jake gets a feel for the working environment, Victor plans to utilise Jake’s skills in other parts of the depot, including the mechanic’s workshop. ‘Jake’s got real potential,’ says Victor. ‘He’s good on the tools, I believe, and he’s always willing to get the job done.'


A perfect match

Finding a job that suits your personality and interests, with plenty of variety and supportive employers must be every job seeker’s dream. And, no doubt, every employer dreams of finding the right person for the job.

Well, sometimes dreams really do come true. For several months now, Adrian has been working with Petstock as a dog groomer.

‘The odds of getting work in animal care…it was going to be challenging,’ says Adrian’s mum, Sue. ‘He did work experience in hospitality and retail, and in an online warehouse, and he liked that, but he’s super happy with the job he’s got now – it’s an absolutely spot-on match.’


Getting serious about work

With a full-time traineeship in horticulture working with a crew that he loves, no wonder Anthony is happy to be serious about work!

At Rookwood Cemetery, Anthony digs, plants, weeds, waters and mows. He’s learning about rotary hoes and excavators, and his supervisor, Gary, has plans for him to learn more and more as his experience grows in the years to come.


Slipping smoothly into the workforce

To begin with, Nick was reluctant to come to NOVA Transition after finishing at Kogarah High School. But, with encouragement, he came – and he’s glad he did: by the end of his first year, he was ready to start looking for a job. 

A work experience position on the loading dock at Big W Rockdale turned into paid casual employment in 2015. Then, in 2016, Nick started work as a yard hand and car detailer at Stewart Toyota, Rockdale. 

Nick prides himself in his attention to detail when cleaning cars, as well as being able to work in a fast-paced environment, and under pressure. He moves cars around the workshop, cleans and maintains the storage rooms and liaises with his supervisors, managers and the mechanics. 


Determination Pays Paul

A full 442 hours of work experience put Paul from NOVA Transition’s Bankstown outlet in good stead to find a full-time job.

But not before he had to overcome the steep hurdles of struggling with speech and stuttering when he got nervous. After missing out on jobs from his first two interviews, Paul maintained a ‘can do’ attitude, went to the next interview and gave it his best. His hard work and determination saw him land full-time work in a local manufacturing business!


Contact with people and extra money!

The best aspects of work for Lino, who graduated from Liverpool NOVA Transition in 2016, are working with her colleagues and having extra money. She works five hours per day, three days per week as a housekeeper at a local motel.

Lino also enjoys the active nature of her job, which is exactly what she liked about the NOVA Transition training. "Travel training was the best part of Transition for me because I like to get out of the office, exploring," Lino said. During the two-year program, she also appreciated NOVA staff’s help with goal setting and improving her communication.


Award-wage employment for Brayden

Another young man now in employment through NOVA Transition Richmond is Brayden. After trialing a number of industries, Brayden gained work experience in the laundry of a local nursing home. This job suited him well as he likes order in his life and enjoyed working with the other staff. They enjoyed him being there as well and could see he was trying his hardest, improving his skills and also learning new ones.

Brayden’s work experience evolved into paid employment. Now he works two shifts per week folding towels and clothes, emptying driers, sorting clothing and delivering clean laundry to the residents. For Brayden, the best aspect of work is earning money so that he can save.


Confidence the key

Before Branden started at NOVA Transition at Campbelltown, he had trouble leaving his home and making friends. But after attending the two-year program for school leavers with a disability, he now has no trouble with either.

After completing three different work placements at local tyre fitters, Branden and his NOVA work-placement team decided that his limited dexterity made a job match difficult in the auto industry. His love of the outdoors and interest in hands-on work pointed towards employment in a nursery.


Actively work towards your goals

One of the success stories at NOVA Transition Liverpool is Nuradin, a caring and generous young man with a great smile. During his time in Australia, he has overcome many challenges by thinking positively and actively working towards his goals.


Six years’ service to the one employer

John has worked at his local golf club for several years. He got this job through performing well at his work-experience placement, which is not surprising because one of his employment goals was to work outside. The parts of his work that John enjoys the most are driving the ride-on mower, doing the bunkers and working with other staff. 


Local work that's right up Harry's alley 

'Mum and I didn't think I'd get a job straight away after school so I decided to see if Springwood NOVA Transition could help me prepare. It certainly did!' said Harry. The two-year program helped him:

  • improve his computer skills
  • dress appropriately for work
  • improve his handshake and general communication
  • believe in himself.

Towards the end of the program, Harry was confident he could get a job.

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