Work­ing to make a dif­fer­ence

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A CAN­NING Vale com­pany that seeks to em­ploy peo­ple on ben­e­fits is cel­e­brat­ing a state award and a na­tional nom­i­na­tion.

The lo­cal branch of test­ing, in­spec­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ser­vice Bu­reau Ver­i­tas is nom­i­nated for Cham­pion Em­ployer of the Year at the Na­tional Em­ploy­ment Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion Awards, which take place on Au­gust 8.

Hav­ing al­ready won the WA award, gen­eral man­ager Tom Lowther said they were thrilled to be recog­nised for their ef­forts to re­cruit peo­ple ei­ther pre­vi­ously un­em­ployed or on wel­fare ben­e­fits.

“We’re keen to get peo­ple who have not had the best start in life and have lost their way slightly, and get them into work,” he said.

“It’s great when you see peo­ple who haven’t worked for a while or are strug­gling to find em­ploy­ment and they come into em­ploy­ment and you see a big dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s at­ti­tude and their whole over­all focus and way of life.

“Peo­ple change when they have em­ploy­ment, their out­look on life is a lot more pos­i­tive.”

AtWork Aus­tralia ac­count co-or­di­na­tor Kalusha Chulu, who nom­i­nated the com­pany for the awards, is their first point of con­tact for new em­ploy­ees.

He said he could see the dif­fer­ence they made in the em­ploy­ees’ lives.

“Their lives change be­cause every­one we bring for­ward is on Cen­tre­link and they work their way through,” he said.

“As long as they’ve got good labour­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and they’re phys­i­cally fit, will­ing to do the shifts, they’re more than happy to give them a chance and train them up.”

Pic­ture: Ben Smith

Bu­reau Ver­i­tas’ Tom Lowther and atWork Aus­tralia’s Kalusha Chulu.

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