Featured above Employer Thomas Singh with MAX job seeker Troy Beverley.
A year has passed since Troy Beverley has been actively looking for paid work, and after sticking to his guns with MAX Employment Palm Beach, he’s now got a job for Christmas.
Although Troy has an intellectual disability and can’t read, write or tell the time, he hasn’t let this get in the way of finding steady paid work with Pizza Hut Kirra on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
MAX Employment Placement Consultant, Anushia Bentley, said it was a bit challenging to find Troy the work he wanted as he can’t use a computer, read the paper or introduce himself clearly.
“When I first met Troy, he only wanted to work at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, a theme park or at Pizza Hut,” she said.
“He’s volunteered at the wildlife sanctuary each week for the last eight years but unfortunately they wouldn’t offer him a paid position, and we had no luck with the theme parks either.
“Troy has a routine each week which he follows to a tee and he needs stability in a job for him to remember exactly what he needs to be doing.
“He wears the same clothes to all of our appointments, he catches certain buses and he visits the same places each week, including theme parks which he’s a real fanatic about.”
Anushia said two of the key concerns she had to work with were finding Troy a repetitive job that he could master as well as having set hours and days.
“This was a major win for Troy as he previously worked for Pizza Hut straight out of school,” she said.
“Troy was there for 10 years so he was familiar with the business, the building and how to get there.
“Unfortunately, he was made redundant at the end of 2015 when Pizza Hut was taken over by new management.
“They have been so accommodating to Troy by inviting him to come back and start again.”
Troy’s employer, Thomas Singh, said when he decided to take over the new restaurant earlier this year, one of his priorities was to rehire previous staff.
“We opened fairly quickly in August after the business had closed so it made sense to hire experienced team members,” he said.
“I’ve been in restaurants for 25 years and I’ve worked with people with disability before who’ve been very rewarding employees.
“At the end of the day, we had a position that could fit Troy so he’s been here for about three weeks now doing kitchen preparation so he’s in charge of chips, potato gems and garlic bread preparation as well as cleaning duties.
“He’s going really well and is super productive so we’re very happy with Troy.”
Troy now has set days from Friday to Sunday and is happy to be in a routine.
“It would be hard at the best of times to find a happier person than Troy let alone when he found out he had the job,” Anushia said.
“When you see Troy he always has a massive smile on his face and despite his disability he doesn’t let anything stop him.
“MAX is currently working with employers across the country to help reach our goal of placing 20,000 people in work in the lead up to Christmas.
“For each person placed into a job with MAX Palm Beach, $5.00 will go to local charity Heartfelt House.
“There’s no greater gift at Christmas than to see someone who has struggled to gain employment find a job,” Anushia said.
The MAX Christmas campaign supports 30 local charities across Australia. Find out how you can make this a happy Christmas for more job seekers by registering a job with us. Call 1800 625 350.