Finding new jobs and confidence
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.