A stand-out candidate
When Mel approached APM she was at a low point, convinced she would never find work.
"I didn’t think I’d be able to get a job" she recalled.
"I lost hope, to be honest."
After her daughter came of age to go to school, Mel wanted to do more to support her family.
She was worried her lived experiences and her being a single parent would make her less employable.
The best part of Mel’s story is that she would prove herself wrong.
It all began when she enrolled in the 'Pathways to Employment' program, run by the Matera Foundation, which supports Indigenous job seekers in Western Australia.
"Mel was a stand out candidate in the program, she actually won an award" said Austin from APM Employment Services.
"I don’t think she missed a day of the whole eight weeks, she received the outstanding participant award for the program."
Mel’s outstanding efforts resulted in a job offer from Australian Engineering group Monadelphous.
Proud of how far she’s come
Today, Mel is working in a FIFO role as a Dump Truck Operator.
Life has certainly changed for the better, with Mel’s loved ones supporting and encouraging her.
"I’m so proud of myself" Mel said.
"I’m feeling so good that I’ve actually accomplished something, and I’ve made something better of myself."
Austin remarks on how Mel has excelled
"She’s really put the work in, and she’s not looking back – So, a fantastic outcome."
APM Employment Services CEO Karen Rainbow comments on the how employment opportunities can have profound, positive impacts.
"Many of our candidates have made big changes on their journey to employment" she said.
"Providing a truly personal employment service can really change someone’s life for the better."
"Everyone is worthy of the benefits which employment brings, whatever stage of life they’re at" she added.
While Mel is proud of herself, a touching measure of success came when her daughter came to her and said:
"Mum, I’m proud of you, what you’re doing and how far you’ve come."
And in her own words, Mel has found something she can look forward to, which she feels capable doing.
That’s how work enables better lives.