I think I may have used the tagline, 'and I get paid' before and the facts are that my job just has to be one of the most rewarding going.
Yesterday at an 'all staff' event I heard tale after tale of people with disability succeeding in their chosen employment, holding down great jobs and, most outstanding of all, taking part in so many further education and training roles - a quick add up gave me the best part of a dozen apprenticeships and traineeships - employment that enables new workers to lay strong foundations for future careers.
And (sorry no steak knives!), that's not all!.
The good news continued today with yet another good news story about a young lady with a very significant barrier to full time work but a 'can-do' spirit that has steamrollered the obstacles in her path - from Trainee to full time worker, joining the more than 20% of our successfully placed workers who enjoy full time work.
As I am typing this one more: (to me) "I just got off the phone with a parent of a TTW trainee from El Dorado (place changed for privacy).
The trainee joined TTW the same year I joined NOVA. He was my very first job placement and it was as a childcare assistant. Now 7 years on Johanne (not real name) is still at the same work place (the only original staff member from when he started) and has completed his Cert III in Childcare and now has just finished his Diploma in Childcare Studies.
How cool is that?
I am SO proud of my team, who informed and inspired me at this regular staff training yesterday - story after story sending such a clear message: here's a resource that works, that thousands of business owners appreciate and that prove more than capable of becoming very valuable members of their teams.
Thanks to my staff, thanks to these candidates and workers for the inspiration - all this, and I get paid!
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