On Australia’s Sunshine Coast, a teenager with cerebral palsy has landed his dream job driving a forklift with a company called Clayton’s Towing.
Daniel has great customer service experience from both his time as a cafe manager and at The Warehouse. His computer and technology skills are really good and he also brings excellent organisational ability together with the good eye for accuracy that often comes with jewellery making and creative writing skills. Daniel also has a Full Clean Drivers’ License.
Rebecca has extensive administration and sales support experience in a busy, high pressure environment. Her time management, multi-tasking and prioritising skills are exemplary, having managed a large team of consultants, where it could go from very busy to ridiculously busy in a heartbeat. Initiative is key in this kind of environment, and Rebecca certainly demonstrates lots of that.
Add to this her great people and customer service skills, her proven ICT and office management ability, database administration experience and solid problem solving ability and she could be the expert administrator your organisation has been looking for.
If you visited the offices of Community Law Canterbury earlier this year, you might already be familiar with one of Catapult’s clients. Erin Gough was involved with CLC from 2012 until very recently, both as a member of their Disability Law Advisory group and as a Student Case Worker. Having graduated from University of Canterbury in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) she proved herself to be the ideal candidate for a newly created junior position at CLC: Access to Justice Advisor—Disability Portfolio. Catapult supported CLC and Erin’s application for MSD Mainstream funding for the position and the application was successful. Erin started the job in April this year, around the same time as Erin was appointed to our Board of Directors. Well, it seems things move fast in Erin’s world, as she recently moved to Wellington and was appointed the Human Rights Commission’s Disability focused Specialist. Congratulations Erin! An exciting journey for a very neat lady.
Read more about Erin on the HRC web site.
Christchurch is currently in the middle of piloting a new government initiative known as Enabling Good Lives. Enabling Good Lives is being designed to assist people with disabilities and their families to consider what a good life looks like to them and how to achieve it.
The individual, with the initial support of an Independent Navigator, will have increased control over their life, systems, supports, services and funding. They will be supported to access mainstream services before speciality disability services and existing service providers will be encouraged to make processes more simple and flexible.
Catapult are very happy to support the principles of the EGL scheme and are working alongside the Local Advisory Group and with a number of clients, to ensure services offered by Catapult are both relevant and appealing.
To learn more about Enabling Good Lives, visit the Office For Disability Issues online at odi.govt.nz
Moving from unemployment to winning the New Zealand Disability Support Networks 2015 award for Excellence in Supported Employment Practice has been a fast journey for Luke Kenmare (Iwi – Te Arawa, hapu – Ngati Rangitihi). 18 month’s ago Luke was a client of Catapult and was looking for paid employment. Seeing potential in Luke’s abilities and capacity to work as an Employment Consultant, Catapult offered him a one-year contract. His potential was soon realised, his experiences in having “been there and done that” as far as unemployment is concerned bringing an extra dimension to his work. An example of his excellent work is the relationship he has built with the recruitment manager at Canterbury Linen Services, the relationship helping him to assist four of Catapult’s clients into paid work in this business. Luke has an ability to get a good understanding of client choices and aspirations and is able to match the right people to the job. All of the people he has placed at Canterbury Linen Services have a disability of some sort, ranging from cognitive to mental health to Aspergers and are shaping up to be long-term employees. Luke provides on-going support to both them and the employer through regular visits and conversations. Seeing potential in people, understanding the meaning of work for them and how it opens doors is what drives Luke to achieve his results.
Rowan is very well qualified, with a Bachelor of Commerce from Lincoln University, Majoring in Valuation and Property Management.
He also has Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Electrical Trade Skills from SIT and has also completed Skills Training at CPIT resulting in Combined Site Safe Certification (Building and Civil,) Traffic Controller Level 1, OSH Forklift Certificate and Basic Workplace First Aid. He has worked in Australia as an energy efficiency consultant and also has experience in property market research and valuation. Since arriving back in New Zealand he would like to utilize his electrical skills and knowledge in either an apprentice-level position or in a more customer facing position within the electrical industry, in either a retail, wholesale, or service environment.
Rachel’s aspiration is to start a career in child care. She has done some work volunteering for a local child-care centre, in animal care and customer-service at Orana Park and at a riding school. She has also worked as a house cleaner. She’s friendly and reliable and keen to get any work in childcare.
Jayden is a motivated young man looking for entry into the computer industry or in a role where his computing skills would be deployed. Jayden has recently graduated from CPIT with a National Certificate in Computing which includes training in web-design, database creation and management and MS office suite including Excel and Publisher. He also has excellent practical computer problem solving skills with both hardware and software faults. Jayden is a down-to-earth people person with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. He has experience working in a leadership capacity in a trade industry which has given him great skills when working within a team. With his own reliable car, restricted licence and willingness to learn and upskill, Jayden would make a great asset to any work environment.