RE­TAIL JOB IS RIGHT FIT FOR LACH­LAN

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KMART sales as­sis­tant Lach­lan Grindrod, 20, was di­ag­nosed with autism as a young child but he has not let it keep him from find­ing work he en­joys.

He was ini­tially ner­vous about meet­ing new peo­ple and con­fused by dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the store but has learnt to con­trol his stress.

“I am very happy right now and I plan to keep work­ing on my skills at Kmart over the next few years,” he says. Grindrod found his job through dis­abil­ity em­ploy­ment ser­vices provider Myle­stones Em­ploy­ment and study­ing a Cer­tifi­cate II in Re­tail Ser­vice.

Myle­stones pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Chris Bing­ham is now help­ing Grindrod in­te­grate into the team en­vi­ron­ment.

“The ul­ti­mate (goal) is for his man­ager to come to me and say ‘we want to see more of Lach­lan’ and not be­cause it’s a nice thing to do, but be­cause they re­ally en­joy and value him in the team,” he says.

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