David

David was referred to Employment Options by his employment services provider. He was very keen to find employment, but was not engaging well with employment services, and did not know how to go about finding a job. He was managing some difficult personal circumstances due to family breakdown, and his diagnosis with Asperger’s.

 

After an assessment of David’s situation, his case manager helped David to develop a re-engagement plan, and he participated in our Career Life Coaching program to help him understand his employment interest and strengths, and to set goals and identify the steps needed to work towards those goals. The case worker also worked with David to help him become better organised and manage his time more effectively, to understand basic employer expectations, and to develop his resume.

 

Employment Options worked collaboratively with David’s employment services provider to ensure David attended his appointments and to gain assistance in locating suitable employment. David successfully gained a job at a recycling depot where he is still working.

 

Mandy

Mandy was referred to Employment Options by her school when she was aged 15. She had stopped attending, and was struggling with some serious issues, including insecure accommodation, anger issues, anxiety and drug use.

 

Mandy joined the Employment Options Life Skills program, and also worked closely with a youth worker on behaviour management, communication, and self-esteem and to develop a plan with her school to return to education. A flexible timetable was arranged, so she could continue weekly participation in the Life Skills program, attend work experience one day per week, and classes on the other 3 days. Mandy’s behaviour and educational achievement improved, and she gained a school based apprenticeship through her work experience placement. She is now living independently, studying to complete her SACE and continuing to progress with her apprenticeship.

 

Jessica

Jessica was referred to Employment Options when she was 15 years old. Her mum had passed away and she was living with her grandmother while still caring for her autistic younger brother. Jessica had become disengaged from school while caring for her mother and brother. She was assessed as having depression, anxiety and dissociative disorder.

 

Jessica’s goal was to work with children with disabilities. An Employment Options youth worker helped Jessica to enroll in the SEE program to improve her literacy and numeracy skills and provided ongoing support and advocacy throughout the training program. Jessica went onto study Certificate II in Health Support Services which she successfully completed. Sadly though when she had just turned 17 her dad also passed away suddenly. Due to the burden of the passing of her dad, funeral and grieving process Jessica became disengaged from her education, and then homeless.

 

Jessica’s youth worker provided a range of support and assistance, to help her to enroll in a Certificate III in Disability, including providing transport, attending a pre-course counselling session with her and assistance with subject selection. The youth worker advocated for financial support through the Wyatt Foundation for assistance with course fees, and supported Jessica through the process of accessing stable housing, which was eventually achieved through Housing SA.

 

Jessica was helped with information and support to gain first her Learners Permit then her Provisional Licence. Jessica now has independent living in a centralised town, and is continuing her study, with Employment Options support, to help gain employment in the disability sector.

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