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Michael McCarthy (19) of Southern River.  APM helps people with a disability get employment and they found Michael a job in his chosen field of hospitality at the Coffee Club Carousel in Cannington.
Michael McCarthy (19) of Southern River. APM helps people with a disability get employment and they found Michael a job in his chosen field of hospitality at the Coffee Club Carousel in Cannington.

AFTER numerous interviews and job trials, Michael McCarthy was struggling to land a job.

With partial deafness, autism and difficulties with social situations, Michael needed an empathetic employer.

Determined not to give up, Michael spent a year hunting for the right job and with the help of a Victoria Park disability employment agency and has just clocked up six months working at the Coffee Club Carousel.

Coffee Club Carousel owner Emma Miller said everyone deserved a chance and Michael had quickly become one of the family.

“If I can help someone by giving them a start in their career, I’m super happy to do so,” she said.

“We accept everyone with open arms and having Michael here is wonderful for team morale.

“My team is caring, kind and very encouraging and it has taught us a different level of patience, understanding and a greater respect for people.

“I am so super proud of Michael, he is such a fast learner and brings so much joy to the customers. His confidence has grown so much since he started and he has come out of his shell and goes out of his comfort zone every shift.”

Michael said while it had been difficult to adjust to the noise of working in a cafe, he was enjoying working in hospitality.

“My favourite parts of the job are serving customers, doing the dishes and clearing the tables,” he said.

“Having a job has made me understand what it is like to work for someone and being responsible.”

Michael said he hoped to work at the Coffee Club for many years to come.

APM Victoria Park employment consultant David Ciputra said helping Michael was a highlight of his career.