12 October 2021

Rebecca (pictured on the left, wearing black pants and a monochrome check print top) and Wayne (on the right, dressed in a black shirt and jeans) are both picture in front of an APM office, both touching elbows in place of a handshake or hug

A sudden change on his career path redirected Wayne to start his own business

Just before Christmas 2019, Wayne was made redundant from his long career as a welder and fabricator.

Wayne came to APM initially through the Jobactive program, however he struggled to find the right role.

A friend suggested the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) to him, to pursue his new goal of opening his own business.

In January 2020, Wayne applied and was accepted into the NEIS program.

Straight away, he and NEIS Consultant Rebecca began his comprehensive business plan.

By mid-April, Wayne began operating his own gardening and home maintenance business - and he’s had a strong start from the get-go!

Wayne achieved his first month’s forecast by the end of the first week and business has been booming ever since!

 

Wayne is pictures tanding in front of an overgrown tree, in his hi-vis work uniform and PPE, holding a chainsaw and smiling

 

His clientele is growing daily thanks to the flyers, grass roots networking, and social media he created with Rebecca’s help.

“We supported Wayne in a multitude of ways, as we do with all our NEIS clients” Rebecca said.

“Primarily we’ll help them construct their business plan, and mentor them through the setup and launch of their business.”

“We’ve provided ongoing mentorship for our clients through the COVID-19 pandemic, including guidance on how to keep trading in challenging circumstances” Rebecca added.

Wayne has experienced huge success for his business, supported by APM. He’s really put in the hard work through any challenging circumstances which have arisen.

Wayne puts his success down to being able to ask for help and take advice from his support network.

And his business ethos is simple:

“I won’t allow any negativity to get in my way” Wayne said.

“I turn negatives into positives.”

 

Injury, illness or disability and want to work?

You could be eligible for help in finding a suitable job from APM Employment Services.

As Australia’s largest provider of the Disability Employment Services program we help thousands of people with permanent or temporary disabilities, injuries, mental health conditions and other diagnosed barriers which may prevent them finding successful employment.

If you want to find out more, register with us today, or call our team on 1800 276 276 for more information.

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Looking for staff?

We don’t just support job seekers, we also help thousands of employers find reliable staff and access government incentives when hiring new employees.

If you’re an employer, you could access wage subsidies, plus funds for training and workplace modifications when hiring a person with disability for full or part-time work.

Plus, you will be enhancing the diversity of your business while making a real positive difference in a person’s life.

Find out more about this rewarding opportunity for employers by speaking to your nearest APM Employment Services team, or emailing support@apm.net.au

Author

Anna Burchfield

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adrian.bradley@apm.net.au

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