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When Tony first met with Ability Options, he was tired of making job applications with no job opportunities arising from them, but he kept his spirits up, continuing to play in bowling tournaments to keep himself active and motivated. Ability Options worked with Tony to improve his resume and discussed his previous experiences and mapped out a plan to suit his goals
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Briana’s Hustle and BUStle
Briana is a WorkReady participant from The Central Coast. She joined the WorkReady program at The Entrance because she wanted to get some travel training on the local bus network to increase her independence and open up new doors for further education and work opportunities.
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Jack of All Trades: Lachlan’s Story
After completing his Cert III in Business Admin, Lachlan was eager to find a job, but didn’t know where to start. For a first time job seeker it can be challenging to get your foot in the door, so Lachlan connected with Ability Options with the aim of getting the right type of guidance and mentoring needed to land himself a job he will enjoy.
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James Cooking Up A Storm at Grill’d
When James came to Ability Options, he wasn’t sure about which career path to take, but he knew that he enjoyed cooking. Now, James’s interest in cooking has taken him into a work experience placement at Grill’d who then have hired him as an ongoing staff member! Not only that, but he’s also studying a Cert II in Kitchen Operations.
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Jennifer's New Job Gives Back To The Community
Jennifer was seeking new job opportunities for some time that would challenge her, help her build her skills and also bring her out of her shell a little bit. She was referred to Ability Options and met with Employment Consultant, Jasmine who worked with her to help set goals, build her confidence and find a role that would suit her.
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Larry Keeps Commuters Moving With His Job at Busways
Larry's job in the Control room at Busways has given him much greater independence and a new sense of fulfilment. “Working at Busways has improved my life by allowing me to improve my self-confidence, learn about saving my own money for my holiday and my future as well as meeting a lots of new people.” said Larry.
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Lyda Cooks Up A Career in a Café
Lyda connected with Ability Options seeking employment opportunities that would allow her to do something productive with her time and make use of her skills. Despite some health barriers to employment, Lyda persevered in pursuing her goals. Now she loves her job working in a cafe.
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Job Seekers Upskilling on Their Road to Employment
Ability Options Merrylands recently connected with Macquarie Community College and delivered a Pathway Certificate II in Business which was tailored to suit our participants.
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Daisy blossoms working with kids!
Daisy reached out to Ability Options seeking an opportunity for work experience as she wanted to find out what career path she would like to take moving forward. Her goal was to enter the workforce, but lack of work experience was a barrier for her.
During goal setting with an Employment Consultant, Daisy said that she was unsure as to which career path to take, but identified that she may enjoy childcare as she would like to work with children and help the community.
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Michael was seeking an employer that would be inclusive, helpful and provide a long term role. He was very proactive and worked with the Employment Liaison Consultants at Ability Options to discuss his goals and identify opportunities for himself. He also identified some areas where he could receive support to assist with his vision impairment.
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Shannon has always had a love for cars, whether it’s driving them, or keeping up with the latest brands, models, you name it, Shannon is in the know.
With this passion and dedication to cars, he completed a Certificate 2 in Automotive Services at TAFE in 2016 and then began searching for a role. Initially, without experience it was challenging to get his foot in the door.
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Amrita was seeking to work for a growing company with a friendly and supportive team and an inclusive culture.
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Alex is a capable young man who had a great deal of determination to turn his life around. Since engaging with Olympus Solutions Gosford in June 2016, he has successfully commenced employment at Air Brake Systems at Hornsby as a Warehouse Assistant. Alex performed very well on the job. All he needed was a little support in the right direction.
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Dress for Work Story
Recently our Seven Hills WorkReady program participants were invited to attend either Dress for Work in Bankstown or Fitted for Work in Parramatta.
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Our Employment Liaison Consultant, Alan, was able to find Nikola a suitable position as a construction cleaner in the nursery industry with Robb Bill. To ensure the employment was suitable to Nikola’s abilities, Alan wilfully explained Nikola’s barriers to ensure the duties of the position were manageable.
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Brendan was a participant in the Ability Options WorkReady program. Parramatta based, Ability Options Employer Liaison Consultant, Larry, received a job opportunity for a General Hand position at Anytime Fitness and working closely with the Ability Options WorkReady team, he put forward Brendan for work experience.
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Emma started WorkReady at Ability Options in January 2017 funded by the NDIS. Ability Options WorkReady services reverse marketed Emma to childcare Centre’s as Emma was interested in Childcare and gained a work experience placement at Lapstone Preschool and has been attending for 6 months one day per week.
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Appreciation Day at Grill’d
Participants from Ability Options WorkReady Parramatta, Penrith, and Seven Hills embarked on a trip to Grill’d in Rouse Hill for an Appreciation Celebration Lunch. As part of the day, the WorkReady participants worked on making new friends, appreciating the achievements of those who have participated in work experience at Grill’d, and building on their time management skills when using public transport to ensure the day ran smoothly.
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John was long term unemployed, and hadn’t worked for 15 years. Since registering with Olympus Solutions, John slowly gained his confidence, started to believe in himself and made plans to return to the workforce.
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Thomas joined the WorkReady Youth Program at Seven Hills with the hopes of achieving his goals of completing a hospitality course and obtaining work experience in the hospitality industry.
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Colin registered with Ability Options almost two years ago as a voluntary client living on the Disability Support Pension. Working closely with Colin and understanding his capabilities, goals and interests, Ability Options Parramatta, contacted a local well-known horse trainer, who was willing to give Colin a chance.
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Ability Options participant Corey attended work experience at Macarthur Pets & Reptiles Store in Campbelltown. This is his first work experience since attending Ability Options. Corey has an interest in animals and animal care, which led him to a work experience opportunity at Macarthur Pets.
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Japanese jobseeker Takeshi was unemployed for close to two years. As English was Takeshi’s second language, he found it difficult to find work and this became a significate barrier to employment for him. Olympus Solutions assisted Takeshi in addressing his language barrier, supporting him in completing a Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program until his English was at a suitable level for employment purposes.
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Ability Options matched Dean to a job as a general labourer with South Western Sydney based construction company, OZ-WIDE BUILDING INSULATION owned by Joseph & Mary Bounassif.
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Alex has swapped his work boots for a sharp set of chef knives and is making a terrific start to his new career. In a short amount of time the ambitious protégée has already been promoted from being a kitchen hand to doing entrees and desserts for The Italian Restaurant at The Entrance.
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Congratulations to Mike Hicks and his team at Outback Steakhouse - Penrith, finalists in Most Inclusive Employer category for the Penrith City Local Business Awards.
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TOTAL TOOLS (IMPORTING) Story
TOTAL TOOLS (IMPORTING) were all set to open a new store in Brookvale as part of their expansion into NSW. As the Brookvale site was TOTAL TOOLS’ first extension into NSW, they wanted to partner with a local organisation with knowledge of local jobseekers and chose to partner with Olympus Solution for their recruitment needs.
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Adam came to Ability Options after his employment started to slow down and shifts became scarce. His health condition made it difficult for him to concentrate and he had lost motivation, he was worried that he may not be able to find work.
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Graham switched to Olympus Solutions from another provider, commencing with us in May 2017. His initial appointment coincided with a jobseeker focused marketing day being facilitated onsite at The Entrance so the site was busy with lots of activities, workshops, Q & A sessions and people focused on finding jobs.
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'I am employed as a Room Attendant by AHS Hospitality Group who hold a contract with the Atura Hotel and I’ve been working here since 2014.
I really enjoy the work as there is always lots of different kinds of work to do. Every day is different and I have responsibility for making sure each guest room looks clean and immaculate.
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Simon particularly enjoyed participating in the WorkReady programs specifically designed to support him in finding and keeping a job such as work experience.
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Ashlee is 18 years old with a passion and interest for a career in childcare but was finding it difficult to get an opportunity for paid employment.
Ashlee was informed about the new PaTH program and was happy to participate as she realised that if she did well in the Internship, it would be likely she would gain the job and commence paid employment.
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Before I started at Leura Garage, I was moving through jobs and I didn’t hold a job for very long due to having Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and had built up lots of barriers that stopped me from doing things.
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James, Owner at Leura Garage
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Christian didn’t excel at traditional schooling so focused his energy into the industry preparation skill building classes offered through his high school and run by Michael from All Sweeper Hire.
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Kevork resettled in Australia almost six months ago as a Syrian refugee. In Syria he had worked as a former and fitter machinist running a successful business specialising in the manufacturing of plastic moulds and car parts.
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Shalvey Community Centre Story
Shalvey residents have recently started to notice a productive veggie garden taking shape at the Shalvey Community Centre, with many complimenting Carol, the Centre Manager, for making the environment more appealing for their children.
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Anthony at Nova Springwater
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I’ve been working here at Wetlands Nursery for six and a half years. I start work at 8:00am and finish at 4:30 and work three days a week. I like working here, being outside, it's quiet and every day is different.
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Congratulations Andrew for your successful month of training at Woolworths! We are pleased to hear that you’re loving it, and everyone there is praising your dedication, attention to detail and fast paced work style.
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Kaori started in her position at the end of January, following two weeks work trial with her new employer. In preparation for this, Kaori also received support from the employment advisor at jobactive provider Olympus Solutions to enrol in a TAFE Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program and to improve her conversational English skills.
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Jake did a one week work trial and impressed his prospective employer with his passion for the trade and hunger to learn. As a result he is now employed as an apprentice baker at Baker’s Delight.
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After two months of hard work and dedication, Louise is now approaching her three months milestone as part of the team at The Legal Grind café in Parramatta. Ability Options' Disability Employment Services (DES) team is grateful to have been part of Louise's great journey and also very proud of her achievement.
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The apprentice chef role at Hog’s Breath is Stacey's first job since leaving school and she was thrilled to be given the opportunity to work in an industry that has always interested her.
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Jake knows his Employment Liaison Consultant (ELC) Ben Gauci from Ability Options is always ready to recommend quality candidates who are right for his business.
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Vai and Madison's Story
Assisting young people aged 15-24 to move from education to the workplace, our unique skills based program in Holroyd is delivering great results.
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“Never say no to opportunities,” said the unassuming kitchen-hand at Hank’s Seafood Co in Penrith.
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“Zoe’s profile fitted perfectly with our company’s needs," said Chris, who was looking for a capable Office Administrator for their growing Annangrove-based business.
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