Photo: Cr Dan Clancy, Mayor Latrobe City; Amanda Elliott, atWork Australia Vic State Manager; Mr Dale Potter OAM, Australia Day Ambassador; Yvonne Fawcett, atWork Australia Gippsland Regional Manager; Mrs Rhonda Renwick OAM, Australia Day Ambassador; and Anthony Drouggas, atWork Australia Job Coach Traralgon.

On Australia Day 2020, atWork Australia’s Amanda Elliott, Anthony Drouggas and Yvonne Fawcett gratefully accepted the Community Event of the Year recognition award from Latrobe City Council, for atWork Australia’s Job Shadow Day event. Dan Clancy, the Mayor of Latrobe City was in attendance to present the award.

The Latrobe City Council Awards pay tribute to local individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the community.

Job Shadow Day, held in September 2019, was designed to increase community awareness and bring together people with disability, injury or health condition with local employers for one day to promote equal employment opportunities and highlight the valuable contribution people with disability can, and do, make in the workplace.

“I am honoured to have been a part of the Latrobe City Australia Awards and to have had Job Shadow Day recognised amongst the high calibre of award recipients. This award makes me further appreciate the community surrounding atWork Australia, we are privileged to be a part of the Latrobe City” said atWork Australia’s Yvonne Fawcett.

Job Shadow Day is a weeklong event. Over the course of the week Job Shadow Day promotes and celebrates inclusivity, ability and diversity in Gippsland. A non-profit event, Job Shadow Day 2019 enabled 140 clients to be able to experience work, through shadowing over 100 employers across the region.

Sharah, a client who participated in Job Shadow Day, was able to experience the world of work, increasing her confidence and capacity for employment. As a result, atWork Australia noticed that she was the right fit for a Customer Support Consultant role, and she was offered a permanent role in the team. “I finally feel good enough and look forward to seeing how my future career pans out,” said Sharah.

Job Shadow Day 2019 also supported employers to publicly demonstrate their organisation’s commitment to welcoming people with disability, as well as increasing their confidence in inclusive recruitment.

Amanda Elliot, who accepted the award for Job Shadow Day on behalf of the atWork Australia team said, “I am so proud of our team and the inspirational work they continue to do every day. There really isn’t anything more powerful than getting the right job for the right person.”

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