Learning in his own way’
Jacob is a 17 year old student at Pacific Lutheran College. Jacob has a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome.
Jacob is a confident young man, but sometimes he needs support and direction on how best to achieve tasks within the work place.
Jacob and his parents have wanted to find employment that could fit around his school commitments and was close to home. For Jacob, an understanding employer that would provide consistency and allow him to learn his own way was important.
Tom, an Employment Consultant in Rockhampton Queensland explains how he supported Jacob to find a job that was a good fit for him.
I approached a local employer to discuss the Ticket to Work initiative. The owner Arsh had participated in programs similar to this previously and came from a trainer and assessor background. Arsh felt confident he would be able to work with Jacob effectively to ensure a good outcome for all parties. For Arsh, this was a rewarding opportunity to support someone to learn the skills required in a workplace.
I introduced Arsh and Jacob to one another and Jacob felt at ease in the workplace environment. A few trial shifts were first set up to ensure that both Arsh and Jacob felt comfortable working with one another. Throughout the trial, I assisted Jacob with facing stock and filling the drinks fridge.
Since Jacob has started, he is now aware of the importance of facing and rotating stock as well as checking used by dates on the yogurt, milk and cheeses. Arsh is hoping to progress Jacob to rotating the stock on the shelves as well as working in the fruit and vegetable department.
*names have been changed in this story*