Ability Centre helping people find work and stay employed

Liddy Ndiwmana (centre) with McDonalds Ballajura manager Angela Haggas (left) and Ability Centre employment coordinator Simone Brussow.
Liddy Ndiwmana (centre) with McDonalds Ballajura manager Angela Haggas (left) and Ability Centre employment coordinator Simone Brussow.

ABILITY Centre knows having the right people to support you can make all the difference to the success of your business.

For more than 25 years, Ability Centre’s employment services team has been supporting West Australians with a disability, a health condition or injury to find and keep a rewarding job.

As the only disability employment not-for-profit organisation operating in Perth, it believes in matching job seekers to the right employer and the right work placement.

The team works with participants across the Perth metropolitan area to equip them with the tools and skills they need to gain and maintain meaningful employment.

Each participant is paired with an employment co-ordinator that supports them through their journey to find and maintain employment.

In 2011, Liddy Ndiwmana, who has an acquired brain injury, was looking for the support to build his skills to find a job after completing a Certificate II in Hospitality.

He was referred to the Ability Centre’s disability employment services team through Centrelink to help him reach his ultimate goal of finding paid employment.

“When we first met Liddy, he had a great positive outlook,” employment co-ordinator Simone Brussow said.

“We worked with him to find his strengths and weaknesses in the workplace and helped him build the skills he needed.

“We initially approached McDonald’s to find him a work placement to utilise his Certificate ll.”

In 2013 that placement turned into a job and Liddy is still working at McDonald’s more than six years later, receiving ongoing support from Ability Centre staff.

“I love my job, customers love the job I’m doing and I always make them happy,” Liddy said.

“I’ve got lots of customer service badges; they’re important to me, they show what a good job I’m doing – it makes me shine all the time.

“Having an employment co-ordinator helped me find this job. When I have any issues, I can call them and they’ll help me solve it straight away. They’ve done a great job for me.”

McDonald’s Ballajura manager Angela Haggas said the support Liddy received from his employment co-ordinator made a huge difference for both Liddy and the McDonald’s team to ensure they were all working together to achieve his goals.

“Our customers love Liddy. They write in about him and even travel to see him; he’s always got a big smile for them,” she said.

For more information about the services Ability Centre can offer, call 9249 3132 or email disabilityjobs@abilitycentre.com.au.

Visit www.abilitycentre.com.au/our-services/disabilityjobs.