Narelle and APM Employment Services

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Precious new job is priceless

Returning to work after a long period out of employment is a challenge many job seekers face.

For Narelle it was an employment gap of 15 years while raising children that became a barrier to finding a good job.

When Narelle, a proud Noongar woman, leading a family in Perth, Western Australia, decided she wanted to re-enter the workforce she was determined to succeed.

Although Narelle admitted she could be reserved and shy at times, she was willing to give anything a try and continue to build her self-confidence.

It was this positive and determined attitude that Narelle brought to Workforce Australia (formerly known as the jobactive program) with APM Employment Services.

Finding a better balance

As Narelle’s confidence grew with support from her APM employment consultant Austin, she joined the Matera Foundation’s “Pathways to Employment” program.

Led by former AFL Premiership-winning West Coast Eagle Peter Matera, the program helps Aboriginal people increase their employment potential and transition from an entry level job to a career in their desired industry or field.

Testament to her resilience and dedication, Narelle studiously progressed well through the course work and was not afraid to speak out and ask for assistance when required.

After a previous role wasn’t quite the right fit, she was referred to APM for a role at the Perth Mint.

After starting as a casual, it didn’t take Narelle long to make a great impression.