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.
We are very proud to announce that Kevin Blogg, our founder and patron, has become a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2016 New Year’s honours. This is a very well-deserved award and acknowledges the years of work Kevin has put into assisting people with disabilities find paid employment.
The Menz Shed is a great place for blokes to learn new skills and for those seeking work, they can learn skills that are valuable to employers. It’s also a community space for men to gather together to share their skills, have a laugh, and work on practical tasks personal projects or on a group project.
Liana is currently working as a casual reliever in a childcare centre and also volunteers within the Girl Guide Association where she is a leader for both Brownies and Girl Guides. Through this experience she has been able to actively engage with young people and effectively plan and facilitate appropriate learning programmes for those in her care. Liana aspires to be working with youth in a support role where she can have a positive influence on others such as fulfilling a role as a teacher aide, youth support worker or as a supervisor in after school care and holiday programmes.
Michael is motivated with the task at hand and is a responsible, enthusiastic, positive guy who enjoys learning new-things and prides himself as someone who will get the job done. He is physically fit and strong, has experience in a variety of physical roles, enjoys hard practical work and doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty. He prefers physically demanding roles where he can work away steadily at the task at hand. He has previously worked as a gardener, landscaper, nursery assistant, factory hand, and as a coast-care worker where he operated a weed-eater and maintained beach ladders. Michael is available to start work immediately.
Kerry-Anne has extensive and recent experience working in Office Administration including Management and Accounts. She is skilled in the use of Microsoft Office, including Excel, Access, Publisher, databases, MYOB and other ledger accounting systems. Having also had experience as an office temp, Kerry-Anne is also adaptable to any work place and able to take on a wide range of administrative tasks.
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.