Employment is the key to turning Bill’s life around

A partnership between CVGT Australia, Jobs Victoria and Haven Home Safe has helped local Bill to turn his life around.

A major change in circumstance left Bill with little resources, homeless, no transport and unemployed, so in December 2016 Bill’s case manager at Haven Home Safe suggested he give CVGT a call.

CVGT Australia Acting Deputy CEO Vaughan Adams said that Bill has come a long way in the short time he had been working with the programme.

“As a successful employment services provider, our strength is our belief in our job seekers abilities and working with them to ensure they achieve their employment goals.

“We like to think that we are an enthusiastic, caring, understanding and flexible team. We offer a very personal service tailoring assistance to suit every individual job seeker’s needs.

“To see Bill not only in ongoing, full-time employment but promoted to a supervisor role and with a place to call home is just terrific,” Mr Adams said.

Haven Home Safe Communications and Marketing Director Sue Masters said the partnership with CVGT and Jobs Victoria is helping to maximise positive outcomes for clients, like Bill, who was a mature-age job seeker who was struggling to pay his rent.

“Having a job not only helps pay the bills, it increases a person’s social inclusion in our community,” Ms Masters said.

CVGT Australia team leader Sophie McEvoy said she was delighted to be able to work with job seekers like Bill to help them achieve their employment goals.

“Bill came to CVGT in December last year. He worked closely with his employment coach Lorrine McLennan to help him address his barriers to employment.

“Bill had some great skills and qualifications but lacked confidence in his ability to re-enter the workforce after being unemployed since 2013.

“Central Vic Cleaning stepped in and offered Bill a work trial. Bill’s work trial became a full-time job and after a few short months he was promoted to a supervisor. He now supervises a team of workers and is responsible for their training requirements.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Bill and to see him recognised for the great work he is doing.

Bill credits CVGT, Jobs Victoria and the support of his employment coach in helping him turn his life around.

“I’m now a supervisor and got a pay rise. I’ve bought a car and renting my own place. I think you deserve a lot of the credit for giving me hope and motivation, thank you Lorinne,” Mr Morris said.

Jobs Victoria is a Victorian Government initiative.

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