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Josh’s journey to employment

For nearly two years, Josh could not find employment. He joined Edge’s NDIS Supports in June this year and was matched with our NDIS Consultant David.

After liaising with Josh’s existing support network, parents, and Josh himself, the NDIS team began to formulate a plan to guide Josh towards his goal of finding his first employment opportunity.

Over the next few weeks, David and Josh created a new resume, cover letter and discussed job search and application skills. David’s focus remained on lifting and empowering Josh at each of their meetings.

They next worked together on intangible skills including communication in a social and professional environment, how to be resilient in the face of setbacks and dedicated a lot of time to interview techniques.

Less than three months after engaging with the Edge NDIS Team, Josh has progressed to having not one, but four interviews. We can proudly say that two of these were successful! Josh has proceeded to take on his first role in paid employment at Coles. Congratulations Josh, we look forward to continuing to support you moving forward!

Without a collaborative approach from the NDIS team and his Consultant, Josh may still be searching for his first role. NDIS Consultant David has enjoyed the first few months of working with Joshua and is looking forward to supporting him in employment, “Both Josh and his parents routinely thank me for my support, and I always respond the same way. I just smile and remind them that all I did was help Josh open the door. It’s his hard work and perseverance, with just a little guidance in the right direction that got him through. That’s the job. Empowering our clients, supporting them, and changing lives through the power of employment.”

The other critical support that has helped Josh achieve his goal of finding employment is his parents, Rachael and Graeme. “We are very thankful for the wonderful support David has provided Josh over the last few months. Not only in helping him be job ready and gain employment, but also helping him work through the disappointment of setbacks, and his feelings of anxiety when going for interviews and starting his new job. Josh has come a long way since receiving support from David, and his confidence in writing applications and attending interviews has improved enormously.

David is very kind, gentle, thoughtful and knows how to connect with Josh to help him overcome his struggles. We appreciate David’s concern and care for Josh, shown in many circumstances; through his response to support Josh on his first day at his new job, by arriving very early to take Josh and support him for several hours, all at very late notice.”

If you have a NDIS plan and are looking for Finding and Keeping a Job Supports or School Leaver Employment Supports, our team are ready to help you.

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