Josh wanted to work but didn’t know where to find an employer who would be prepared to give him a go. Around two years ago, he came to CVGT as a student at the Wangaratta District Specialist School and his employment consultant immediately commenced helping him become job ready.
Josh secured a job at a local café, Coffee Chakra that went from working eight hours per week, to a 30 hour a week traineeship.
Josh has always dreamed of owning his own home and being independent. He has worked hard and saved his money for a deposit on a house in his home town of Myrtleford.
Joshua is still enjoying his work as a kitchen hand at Coffee Chakra and has now successfully has completed Certificate II in Kitchen Operations.
His position involves dish washing, cleaning, some food preparation, waiting, clearing tables, answering the phone and is somewhat of a local character in the shop.
Josh works around 20-25 hours each week and is keen to expand his duties including more cooking, making coffee but his epilepsy can make this difficult.
Working has helped Josh have a better and brighter lifestyle. He lives in his own home with his brother. He is a keen gamer and likes to play Horizon Zero Dawn with his mates. Josh enjoys riding his motorised bike around Myrtleford which gives him a degree of independence.
Josh’s advice to other people with disability when it comes to employment is: work hard, do the right thing and save your money!