Pat and APM Employment Services

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Pat has a job which makes him feel like a superstar

As a lively, friendly face in the cafe at the Warragul Country Club, Pat is a popular member of the team.

Club members stop to chat and newcomers enjoy the warm welcome he brings while delivering food and drinks to their tables.

With his enthusiasm and positive approach to his job, it's clear Pat isn't going to let the challenge of living with an intellectual disability stop him from working.

Unlocking Pat’s potential

Pat’s dedicated APM employment consultant, Shelley, knew instantly he was going to do everything he could to get the job that would change his life.

“He came into my first appointment and he had a glint in his eye,” said Shelley.

As part of his personalised job plan with Shelley, Pat was able to build skills and confidence with approaching and talking to potential employers, as well as access support with job applications and interviews.

It was a meeting with Michael at Warragul Country Club that Pat was able to show his friendly, positive and approachable personality.

“At the time we didn’t have a role, but the café was getting busier and busier so that was when we thought of a role that we needed,” Michael said.

Delivering food and drinks to club members and collecting their empty dishes afterwards, Pat was given support from the Disability Employment Services program by APM and his employer to become a popular member of the team.

“It takes me a while to get the hang of different things,” said Pat.

“Michael’s really accommodating. He knows what I can do and what I can’t do,” he added.