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Fara’s story

Fara standing in his Bunnings uniform at Bunnings in front of the shovel section

A retail traineeship was the perfect match for school student Fara’s first job. 

Fara was introduced to EPIC Assist via the Ticket to Work initiative at his school in 2017. 

EPIC uses the Ticket to Work approach to build a supportive local network for students, and with integrated services and support, students receive improved employment outcomes. Ticket to Work takes a partnership approach to improving the employment and education outcomes of young people with disability. 

EPIC Employment Consultant Phillip Le Boeuf connected Fara with Bunnings at Underwood in early 2017. 

“Fara has the gift of customer service for sure—smiling and communicating, so retail was a great choice for his traineeship,” Phillip said. 

One of the main things he has learnt from his traineeship is the significance of working safely. 

“The main challenges Fara has faced would be his attention to safety procedures. Flexible behaviours at school do not always cross over into the work environment, and there were a few nails to hammer out at the start of the traineeship,” Phillip said. 

“Bunnings has great safety requirements and they’ve been explained to me really well,” said Fara. 

Fara’s role at Bunnings involves a variety of tasks including restocking, trolley removals, cleaning, and setting up balloons and displays. 

“EPIC has been great. I was so nervous in the interview, and Phil helped me get casual work,” said Fara. 

Fara is now on the Bunnings casual roster, and would like to continue his employment at Bunnings. 

“I love the team here. I need to get a car now, because I’m always working!” said Fara. 

Read the original article on EPIC Assist’s website. 

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