With atWork Australia’s support, Brandon has landed a great new job role as a labourer.
17-year-old Brandon was unemployed, temporarily living in a refuge and had been ‘couch surfing’ for 7 months before approaching atWork Australia.
Brandon experiences complex learning difficulties and after he left school at the end of year 10, he has not been able to secure employment.
This was compounded after the passing of two family members. The loss greatly impacted on Brandon’s mental health resulting in a downward spiral into depression and anxiety.
Brandon did not have any support networks so enlisted the help of atWork Australia’s office in Mooroopna. Brandon was matched with skilled Disability Employment Services Job Coach, Belinda. This was the start to Brandon turning his life around. Belinda worked with Brandon to grow his confidence and self-esteem, helped him create a resume and develop a plan on his work aspirations.
Belinda also referred him to a youth organisation for additional assistance to help Brandon improve his mental health condition.
Once Brandon’s job plan had been identified, and he was equipped with his new resume, Belinda organised for Brandon to visit local labouring warehouses to try find a suitable role.
Belinda even assisted Brandon with his transport needs, helping him get to and from interviews and appointments.
Brandon was successful in an interview and with the introduction of a wage subsidy, Brandon’s employer was happy to offer Brandon a job role, which happens to be perfectly suited to his needs. atWork Australia also supported Brandon with purchasing suitable work clothing and boots.
“atWork Australia supported me through the process. Belinda helped when I needed it and the employer was very understanding with my needs,” said Brandon.
Brandon continues to enjoy his new work and looks forward to training for his forklift licence.
This new job opportunity has positively impacted on Brandon’s life, not only personally but financially. Stating that he’s excited to start saving for a house and a car.
“Having employment has given me confidence and I am making new friends at work,” said Brandon.