Yooralla supports Anthony to get a local job

DATE: 4 April 2017

Yooralla supports Anthony to get a local job

Anthony Dudley says he felt motivated to find open employment once he became engaged to be married. He had already gained experience in supported employment with a Yooralla Business Enterprise for six months.

​Anthony Dudley says he felt motivated to find open employment once he became engaged to be married.

He had already gained experience in supported employment with a Yooralla Business Enterprise for six months. His tasks included manufacturing garden stakes, labelling wine and many other practical tasks.

After completing his pathways to open employment with Yooralla, Anthony has been gainfully employed at the local meatworks in Seymour. Open employment means Anthony has a paid job in the community, where he no longer needs support at work.

Roselee Judge-Williams, Site Coordinator at Yooralla Business Enterprises, realised  Anthony would be a perfect fit for the local meatworks because of his passion for hunting and enjoyment of weekend outings in his four-wheel drive.

Roselee said she was more than happy to give Anthony a glowing reference when the manager of the meatworks called. The manager has since informed Roselee that she has not looked back since hiring Anthony.

Yooralla's Business Enterprises provide opportunities for people with disability to engage in satisfying and rewarding supported employment. The capacity to earn a wage; with support, encouragement and training from Yooralla staff is a positive outcome. Some people, like Anthony, may even choose to transition into open employment using the work and interpersonal skills they've learned at the Business Enterprises.

"Here at Seymour, we are very proud of our work ethic," says Roselee. "The quality of work that leaves the building is second to none!"

Workers are trained in all aspects of Occupational Health & Safety, as well as how to work as a team, dressing appropriately for the workplace, how to raise a complaint, phoning in if unable to attend on their rostered days, even how to obtain a medical certificate -  all requirements of any  workplace.

"Each individual's support differs from one employee to the other. That's where we come in - if there is a problem we encourage them to ask, and if we are unable to help directly, we then refer them onto other professional services within Yooralla," says Roselee. "Our services go above and beyond."

Yooralla supports people with disability to pursue their employment goals by providing job skills training and building pathways into meaningful employment. Improving access to jobs and equality in the workplace for people with disability is one of our highest priorities.


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