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18 year old Taylor registered with Ability Options Blacktown (Disability Employment Service) in May last year and within three months found a traineeship in a Child Care centre.
She was looking for work for some time, as autism and other health conditions had prevented her from finding work opportunities that would be a good fit.
When Taylor met with Ability Options, she expressed her interest in working for the childcare industry or to start a course that would help her gain some relevant knowledge about the industry. Her Employment Liaison Consultant worked on finding opportunities with employers that would be supportive and flexible while offering related training.
Ability Options then organised a Childcare Traineeship for Taylor where the employer was willing to trial Taylor. Taylor performed well during the work trial and was then offered a position as a Trainee Childcare Assistant. The traineeship was provided through Apprenticeship Support Australia.
From her first day, Taylor knew in her heart that’s where she wanted to be. She loved working with children and being in a happy, friendly environment. With that in mind, she made a commitment to herself that she would do whatever it takes to persevere in this job.
When she started the position, she was provided regular mentoring and coaching by an Ability Options, Job Support Consultant, Maggie.
At any point when Taylor was stressed at work or needed someone to talk to, Maggie was available to provide on-the-job support or phone mentoring. This was very helpful for Taylor settling into her role.
The employer is very happy with Taylor's performance, particularly in her interactions with the children and other staff. However, the employer also understands that Taylor requires extra support and assistance when training in new tasks and has been flexible in regards to that.
Taylor has gained experience, knowledge and skills while working at the childcare centre and is gradually building her confidence to be able to qualify as a Childcare Educator.
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