Find­ing new jobs and con­fi­dence

Kapi-Mana News - - COMMUNITY - By KRIS DANDO

Tony In­sull has Work­mates Sup­ported Em­ploy­ment Agency to thank for gain­ing the con­fi­dence to be­come a val­ued em­ployee.

The Porirua-based agency, based in North City Shop­ping Cen­tre, has pro­vided em­ploy­ment ser­vices to those with dis­abil­i­ties throughout the re­gion for the past 17 years.

Go­ing through a ma­jor re­struc­ture in the past 18 months has not been easy, man­ager Su­san Chris­tian says, but new em­ploy­ees and con­tracts have seen them ex­pe­ri­ence record growth.

Ser­vices in­clude ca­reer plan­ning and guid­ance, CV prepa­ra­tion, job place­ments and as­sis­tance with Work and In­come poli­cies.

Mr In­sull was one of two clients of­fered ad­di­tional work re­cently, fol­low­ing a two-year place­ment as Porirua Col­lege’s as­sis­tant grounds­man.

‘‘ The em­ploy­ment pro­gramme has been fan­tas­tic,’’ he says. ‘‘I tried ev­ery av­enue to get a job with­out suc­cess, but Work­mates has re­built my con­fi­dence and self-es­teem, and it has given me the op­por­tu­nity to prove to an em­ployer that I am a good em­ployee.’’

Ms Chris­tian and her team have been nom­i­nated for a Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment Main­stream Award, and Mr In­sull has put for­ward Porirua Col­lege in the Em­ployer of the Year cat­e­gory.

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