With no Literacy and Numeracy services in Newman, many individuals face a lot of barriers when looking for work, whether they are transitioning to the workforce, re-entering the workforce, or are looking for a career change.
This is a story about a very passionate client of ours:
Lance Foster has been a stay-at-home Dad for a couple of years now in Newman and is looking to re-enter the workforce. With a wide range of Mechanical and Driving skills and a motivated, personable approach to any task he has got a vast experience of casual and part time employment across Australia. Lance felt that he needed a broad refresher in his literacy, numeracy skills. So he came to see EPIC to get some assistance with writing a resume, finding out about the local labour market and for some help with forms and ‘selling’ himself to future employers.
Working with Lance around his career goals, resume and his interests it became clear that without more assistance around strengthening his LLN, Lance could possibly lose some of his confidence in the job seeking process. Georgie McInerney, Community Coordinator on behalf of EPIC enquired via Social Media, if there were any volunteers in the community willing to assist with LLN skills, and the response was… YES!
For the past few months Tania Tucker our local Newman House/NCCI Manager has been volunteering her time to meet with Lance at EPIC to assist him with his reading, processing and with tasks he needs to perform (form filling etc.) to help him achieve his goals. By empowering Lance to develop new skills in partnership with Tania, we are seeing his confidence grow – he has applied for some roles and has been getting some casual work. Effective referral and ensuring individuals have access and equity to find employment is just one of the things we do well at our EPIC Career Centres.
Georgie and Tania liaised with the Shire of East Pilbara to organise some Work Experience for Lance at the Airport, earlier this year. He’ wowed’ the team at the Airport across the 2 weeks with just how exceptional and competent he was!
After doing his work experience and working for the Shire in casual roles at the Airports in Newman and Marble Bar, Lance has been offered a role as Airport Maintenance Officer. He spent time working with Georgie on his application, interviewed amazingly and was the selected candidate. A successful 6 months spent and he is over the moon with the support he has received from our EPIC team in corporation with the NCCI. It is exciting to see that he has been taken on with a fantastic team at the Shire’s Airport.
“Thank you for everything you have done to help me, I didn’t think I would ever get anywhere and it’s all changed!” – Lance Foster