03 November 2022

Mark, in his work uniform at his workplace, looking straight down the camera smiling

  • Mark overcame a period of unemployment to find a role which accommodates his health
  • Since starting in his role, he has experienced lots of positive change in his life

​Mark’s employment success hasn’t just improved his life.

Since gaining employment, Mark’s son has been able to earn weekly pocket money for helping him with odd jobs around the house.

Mark approached APM Employment Services in mid-2021 for support to find work after experiencing long-term unemployment.

He had trouble finding and retaining work due to his arthritis, which means he lives with chronic pain and discomfort.

According to Arthritis Australia, arthritis is a condition which affects and can cause damage to the joints, usually resulting in pain, stiffness and swelling.

It can affect a person’s level of movement and range of motion, along with symptoms such as tiredness, weight loss or feeling unwell.

Through the Disability Employment Services program, Mark had a dedicated employment consultant who worked to understand his health and the barriers he experienced.

Mark’s employment consultant Jen, got to work with him straight away to find a role suitable for him.

Jen worked closely with Mark to build confidence and identify suitable industries for him to work in, which allowed him to manage his health.

One of Jen’s colleagues had recently spoken with an employer, who said he was looking for a great new employee.

Mark and his employer walking down them middle of a warehouse aisle among highly stacked shelves, the two men are smiling

Jen’s colleague overheard one of her appointments with Mark and thought this opportunity could be ideal for him.

He spoke to them about it, then Jen and her colleague arranged an interview for Mark.

He was successful, and just four days later Mark began in his new role with Polyaire, in Perth’s southern suburbs.

The amount of walking in his role helps Mark manage his pain levels and maintain his mobility.

Since he has found this role, it has increased his confidence and has told staff in the Success office he has found a job for life.

Mark is so thankful for the change APM has helped him make, and the positive impacts the role continues to have in his life.


Injury, illness or disability and need a job?

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

As Australia’s largest provider of the Disability Employment Services program we help people with permanent or temporary disabilities, injuries, mental health conditions and other diagnosed barriers which may prevent them finding successful employment.
Register with us today, or call our team on 1800 276 276 to get started.

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. Get in touch with your nearest APM Employment Services team, or email support@apm.net.au.

Author

Anna Burchfield

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adrian.bradley@apm.net.au

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