APM event highlights efforts to enable employment

Published on 02 Dec 2022


Pictured (L to R): APM business manager Emma, Wayne and APM employment consultant Wendy.

After losing one of his legs in a car accident over 40 years ago, Wayne has made a successful return to work with support from APM.

Through the Disability Employment Services program, Wayne was able to successfully acquire a truck licence and can also drive smaller vehicles.

"The biggest barrier was convincing people you could do the job," Wayne said.

He said his limb difference has given many employers pause over the years.

With support from the APM Employment Services team in Albury, he has secured a role he thoroughly enjoys!

Read more of Wayne’s incredible story below.

Injury, illness or disability and want to work?

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

Register with us today, or call our team on 1800 276 276 for more information.

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.

Visit your nearest APM Employment Services team, or email support@apm.net.au.

Published by The Border Mail

APM stages International Day of People with a Disability event to highlight efforts to enable employment

APM business manager Emma Harris, client Wayne Fraser and employment consultant Wendy Beer at the organisation's International Day of People with a Disability event on Friday.

A Border organisation that helps people overcome physical and mental barriers to gain employment has paid tribute to its clients with a free event.

APM celebrated International Day of People with a Disability at its Albury office on Friday with a community barbecue.

Business manager Emma Harris said all of the group's clients had faced challenges to enter the workforce.

"We support those with physical barriers with physio and rehabilitation and provide mental health referral services," she said.

"You can have someone with mental health issues who thinks they can't work, but when you put them into employment, you see them change so much."

APM client Wayne Fraser has been an amputee for more than 40 years after losing his left leg when he was hit by a car in 1977.

The organisation helped him to secure a medium rigid licence to steer delivery trucks, while he also drives rental cars and small bus groups.

"The biggest barrier was convincing people you could do the job," he said.

"I've walked into places to ask for a job and straight away you can see people's heads ticking over and thinking how is it going to work."

Mr Fraser said APM had been a great support to him in the past 12 months.

Albury deputy mayor Steve Bowen and Business Wodonga chief executive Graham Jenkin were among the guests in attendance.

APM was established in 1994 and helps more than 600,000 people each year in programs that deliver a range of human services.