PROVEN SKILLS BRING IN THE DOUGH FOR TRENT
THE secret to a good dough is often in the handling and Trent Porter has a proven gift. After struggling to find work and support, Porter, 21, is now a valued member of the Eagle Boys Pizza franchise and works 17 hours a week. The young man has found a confidence that helps him manage the limitations of his disability and contribute to the workforce. ‘‘There is a sense of achievement out of working, which is something I can’t give to him,’’ says his mother, Margot Porter. ‘‘I can’t stress enough how amazing it is.’’ Porter was born with Down Syndrome and took part in weekly work experience at a retail store at school to prepare him for the routines of a workplace and ground him in new skills.
10 per cent of the workforce, or 1.1 million people, have a disability 510,500 disabled workers are restricted in the type of work they can perform 412,200 workers with a disability find it difficult to change jobs or secure the job they want