19 July 2022

  • APM Warrnambool supported Skye through the Disability Employment Services program
  • After recently relocating to Cairns, Skye had difficulty locating stable accommodation and transport

Skye overcame her challenges after moving to a new town.

After relocating from Warrnambool (VIC) to Cairns (QLD), Skye reached out to her new local APM Employment Service steam for support to find work in her new hometown.

Skye was able to transfer APM sites and was looked after by her Employment Consultant Sandy in the Earlville office.

Skye was hoping to improve her life and the lives of her children by providing them with stable housing and income.

Having reliable transport was one of Skye’s main hindrances to finding ongoing work, Sandy began by helping Skye access NDIS transport services that are local to Cairns.

Whilst she was getting settled, Skye was staying at a friend’s house. Skye really wanted to become independent and had tried various roles in hospitality in the past, but she found they weren’t quite the right fit.

Skye enjoys interacting with others and working in customer facing roles, rather than being out the back in the kitchen not being able to talk to anyone.

Sandy and Skye worked on a marketing plan, making sure to highlight the importance of being able to interact with people.

Sandy reached out to Employer Account Manager Cindy, and together they were able to locate a position with a local Pizza Hut.

Skye would need her RSA certificate as part of the role, so Sandy arranged for her to complete her training before the interview.

She is loving her new position and has fun at work every day.

Skye’s message to APM: “Thanks to APM for not giving up”.

After thirteen-weeks of employment, Skye now supports other staff members by supervising and teaching them how to properly undertake tasks. She has her own unit and loves her newfound independence.


Injury, illness or disability and want to work?

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

As Australia’s largest provider of the Disability Employment Services program we help thousands of people with permanent or temporary disabilities, injuries, mental health conditions and other diagnosed barriers which may prevent them finding successful employment.

If you want to find out more, register with us today, or call our team on 1800 276 276 for more information.

Read a full transcript of this video.

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.

Plus, you will be enhancing the diversity of your business while making a real positive difference in a person’s life.

Find out more about this rewarding opportunity for employers by speaking to your nearest APM Employment Services team, or emailing support@apm.net.au.

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Anna Burchfield

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