When you've been struggling, the right support makes a huge difference.
Dale is a bright young man who, like many, struggled to find a job.
His autism is not a barrier to employment, but an important factor in determining how comfortable he would feel in his new workplace.
“I was really hoping to get a job, I was struggling for months” Dale said.
Working together with his APM Employment consultant David, Dale secured a job and has been loving every moment of it.
Finding the right fit
Working in hospitality has proven a positive fit for Dale, and he is thriving. He has a cheerful and infectiously positive attitude.
His employer says he’s brought a positive energy to every shift:
“Dale has really come into his own since he's been with us. He's a hard worker and we've built great trust with each other.”
Dale is a vital part of the kitchen's team, which includes preparing all the primary ingredients of the sushi rolls and cleaning kitchen appliances and food preparation equipment.
Organisations like APM become the vital connection between jobseekers with a disability and employer.
"We're that middle person being able to support both parties, for jobseekers like Dale then going into employment" David said.
"I love the job,
every moment of it"
Part of the team
Getting in touch with APM helped Dale get his foot in the door, and helped him realise his strengths.
“Working with David is great” Dale said "APM helped me find a job within weeks, if not just days. It was a fantastic feeling."
It can be challenging for people living with autism to feel confident in a new environment straight away, but securing that first job trial helped Dale be sure the job was a good fit for him and his employer.
When asked if he was excited about the future, Dale responds enthusiastically “Well I actually am kind of thrilled, very thrilled."
Our workplace consultants will take the time to understand your needs, and find employment to suit your abilities.
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