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Taking the first step to a new job
Maddy knows about overcoming life's challenges Growing up with cerebral palsy, an intellectual disability and epilepsy wasn’t easy.
At school it took the right classrooms and teachers to help Maddy become a strong, positive young adult with a dedicated work ethic.
But when it came to finding a job Maddy and her parents thought they wouldn’t find many opportunities.
Then Maddy joined APM.
More than just a job
Joining the Disability Employment Services program, Maddy had a clear goal when she walked into APM – to find a job she could perform well and with a smile on her face.
As part of her program, Maddy worked with a dedicated APM employment consultant, Ali, to form her personal job plan.
As soon as they met, Ali knew Maddy had plenty to offer employers.
“She was really dedicated, participated in all the activities APM provided and it was clear she was a people person,” Ali said.
Maddy worked with Ali to build her confidence and explore her career options.
Including looking at work that interested her, such as teaching and working with children.
“You can see the best in Maddy when she’s around kids and APM supported her with getting her Working with Children check,” Ali added.
To find a suitable job, Maddy and Ali looked at potential employers nearby.
By taking the time to get to know Maddy, Ali knew she had previously been to a swim school and approached them about any job opportunities.
With her positive attitude to meeting people and overcoming her barriers to employment, Maddy was offered a valuable work experience placement at the Marlin Swim School.
With her dedication, enthusiasm, and positive attitude to learning new skills, it didn’t take long for Marlin Swim School to offer Maddy a job.