Finding life-changing work through footy

Kenilworth player Ben came to APM Employment Services after he saw the partnership with the SANFL Inclusive League.

Although he was nervous at first, Ben, 23, soon came out of his shell speaking to his APM Employment Consultant Kelly, who was eager to learn about his interests, hobbies and day to day activities to get a clear understanding of his challenges.

As well as his passion for AFL, Ben told Kelly about his learning disability and how he lived with epilepsy.

He also told Kelly how his employment assessment had given him a benchmark of 30 hours a week and this made him feel anxious and uncomfortable about fulfilling his work obligations.

Kelly was able to help Ben in having a new assessment plus obtain medical evidence in order to have the benchmark lowered to a more suitable 23 hours per week.

Ben continued to work with Kelly to find a suitable job and joined her on workplace visits to meet potential employers.

As part of his program with APM, Ben was also able to get assistance with tools and equipment he needed to get started in the role.

Ben has now been employed for more than six months with the company and has also been offered new roles within his job.

“Ben feels great about his job and loves that he can buy things for himself and for his family,” said Kelly who continues to see Ben when he visits the APM office to tell her about his latest accomplishments.

If you’re facing challenges to finding work, register with APM to see if we can help you find a job that works for you.

SANFL APM Inclusive League

APM Employment Services is the proud sponsor of the SANFL APM Inclusive League.

Launched in 2019 the league builds on the former successful C7 competition run by Adelaide Footy League. 

The inclusive league, established in collaboration with Inclusive Sport SA, offers people with disability to get involved in competition footy.

Players with disability aged 15 and over can join in regular training and games in a safe and inclusive environment with a focus on development of skills and social inclusion in the community.

If you’re in South Australia and want to find out more, visit the SANFL Inclusive League website.