Q: How long have you been doing what you do (with APM, and other companies)?
A: I’ve been with APM for about four years, firstly in Bunbury and then I moved to Mirrabooka and have been working here for about three years. Previously I was a butcher and ran my own retail businesses for many years. I've been in retail all of my working life.
Q: What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work and the contribution you can make at APM?
A: I love the everyday challenges of my job and helping people who are unemployed. We deal with a lot of culturally and linguistically diverse migrants and refugees. There are lots of challenges and I love being able to turn the negatives into positives. I love being able to work with clients to identify their skills and am passionate about job matching – making sure there is a win; a win for the job seeker and employer. The job has to be sustainable. It gives me a great buzz to see someone get into what they want to do and improve their life.
Q: What are the best aspects about working for APM? What makes APM great?
A: APM is a great place to work. It's a progressive and "go-ahead" company. People here truly support each other and there are lots of opportunities for advancement. In this industry, you need to think outside the square. I always say that "if the door keeps closing, we can get in through the window". It's important to look for a different way to approach a situation. My work at APM allows me to do that.
Q: Where can you be found when you’re not working? What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
A: My wife and I are renovators in our spare time, doing up houses. I'm also a painter of Australian landscapes. Mostly I use acrylic paints but I have also painted with Vegemite and I still get people contacting me wanting me to do Vegemite paintings. I have sent a few overseas, including to France, the US and Canada.