Featured above: Kara-Lee with NSW Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka.
Six MAX candidates have recently discovered a new career direction with leading food and services company, Compass Group.
Sixteen participants were initially selected to complete the pre-employment training program designed by MAX as part of the NSW Government’s High Growth Jobs, Talented Candidates (HGJTC) project, led by the Australian Network on Disability.
One of the successful candidates, Kara-Lee Counsel, shone throughout the program and landed a job with Compass Group Australia who committed to employing 20 people with disability in NSW by July 2017.
Kara-Lee said she was impressed with the extent to which MAX was there to help her prepare for the new job.
“It was really exciting to learn new skills and meet the new people I’d be working with,” she said.
“We had to choose from three different areas which were kitchen, boardroom and retail. I picked kitchen where we learnt about general health and safety as well as how to make coffee.
“I’m still a bit unsure with coffee-making so at the moment I run the coffees, then after service I have the opportunity to practice when it’s a bit quieter.
“I love it here. All the Compass people are helpful showing us how to be more professional.”
Kara-Lee said she’s responsible for delivering food and beverages to the boardroom during meetings.
“So far I’ve had a lot of compliments from people because I’m a bit nervous still,” she said.
“I never thought I’d get into such a role where I’m working in the city. I’m over the moon and I get the best views of the Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour.
“I’m really so thankful for what MAX and Compass Group have done for me, I can’t thank them enough.”
Compass Group Australia, Diversity Projects Coordinator, Natasha Caflisch, says having a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community is important.
“As a leading employer in the hospitality industry, we’re pleased to be a platinum member of The Australian Network on Disability and to be involved with the High Growth Jobs – Talented Candidates project,” she said.
“We believe the project is a successful initiative because it matches the right candidates with the right roles, creating sustainable employment outcomes.
“MAX understands our needs from a recruitment and training perspective and we’ve been pleased with the high quality and tailored packages delivered.
“We look forward to working with MAX in 2017, and are keen to explore continuing opportunities to ensure talented candidates are given adequate support in work and in building their careers.”