For Nowra local, 19-year-old Claeytn, an internship at a local bar is not only social and fun, but just the beginning of developing his work skills and experience.
As Claeytn lives with Autism and has never worked before, he approached atWork Australia after finishing school for support in starting a new chapter of his life in the workforce.
Claeytn was matched with dedicated Job Coach Linda from atWork Australia’s Nowra office and straight away, Linda set to find out what Claeytn is interested in and what sort of roles he wanted to pursue in the future.
Claetyn had searched for jobs independently but was not successful in landing work. With Linda’s support and the backing of atWork Australia, Claetyn was on the right track to finding employment.
Linda realised the main barrier for Claetyn finding work was his lack of work experience. Due to this, Linda suggested a PaTH internship, an internship that would match where Claetyn’s skillset was at.
‘PaTH Internships are short placements in the workplace that give young people an opportunity to demonstrate their skills to a potential employer, develop vocational skills and improve their employment prospects’ (JobAccess)
After Linda explained what the internship could look like and how it could help move Claetyn into employment, he was motivated and looking forward to the opportunity.
Claetyn was interested in hospitality and bar work, so Linda signed Claetyn up to a Bar Skills course.
Due to Linda’s local connections, she was able to secure Claetyn an internship at a local pub as a Bar Attendant.
The local bar that Claetyn started his internship had already helped two other clients, with atWork Australia’s support to find work, so it was a perfect fit for Claetyn.
Claetyn expressed his excitement and couldn’t wait to get started. He was happy that he was being given a go in the workforce and was looking forward to learning on the job.
The opportunity for Claetyn to grow his resume, skills and experience left Claetyn pleased. Claetyn was also thankful for the support from his Job Coach Linda and atWork Australia while completing his internship.
Linda commented on the growth of Claetyn’s skills, saying he is “making good progress, his confidence has increased as well as his skills”’
Linda and atWork Australia look forward to working with Claetyn to further continue supporting him grow his skillset and self-belief and help him land the right job.