First Job Gold

Posted: by Tony Bowden

Landing a first job is rewarding not only for the jobseeker but also the employer. Local businessman and owner of Hungry Jacks in Tweed Heads, Matthew Fraser, knows this only too well.

For the past few years Matthew has been working with EPIC as a ‘hope giver’ giving young people an opportunity to experience the workforce.

“They say there is nothing more rewarding than having a job. For me, it’s also the ability to give someone a job, and in many cases their first job” Matthew said.

Part of an employment specialist’s job is to match jobseekers skills and qualities with the needs of employers to help them thrive as a productive and profitable enterprise. By using a Government funded employment service often these services are at no cost to the employer, saving both time and money.

As an employer Matthew needs a good fit for his business, he provides full training and needs staff with the ability to take new skills on board and be able to quickly switch from one task to another as required. He recalls a recent positive experience:

“One of the young people that EPIC referred is Isaac. It has been a pleasure providing Isaac with a meaningful and rewarding job as part of the Hungry Jack’s team at Tweed Heads. Isaac has gained many skills including customer service, cash handling and food preparation. In the short period of his employment, Isaac has shown he is a real asset to the business and an integral team player.”

When asked, Isaac stated that his interaction with EPIC had given him the skills and confidence to approach employers which led to Isaac being employed with Hungry Jacks where he “felt good”.

Isaac’s interaction with customers has been so positive that he was recently awarded the companies ‘Customer Service’ award.

Matthew, is extremely proud of this outcome and is now preparing Isaac for full time work. He commented on the support from his employment service:

“Debbie and her team at EPIC are committed to finding the right job for the right person. It’s a win for the employer and a win for the jobseeker,” he said

An employer and employee both benefit from continued support and communication in the workplace. The support provided by EPIC includes helping jobseekers to access transport and training, update or get new qualifications and to purchase work related clothes and equipment.

If you are an employer looking for staff or if your staff member is at risk of job loss due to disability, injury or illness, please contact EPIC on 133742.

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