First employment gained through PaTH Internship in the Shoalhaven

Wednesday, 4 October 2017, Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash and Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis MP dropped into The Dog & Monocle to congratulate Brock, Kylie of Essential Employment & Training & Carley Amey and Tess Thomas.

The Dog & Monocle co-owners, Carley Amey and Tess Thomas, could not speak highly enough of Brock.

“When we started this business, we knew we wanted to contribute and give back to the community. We found out about the PaTH program through Essential Employment & Training and the opportunity to trial and hopefully hire an unemployed young person, we thought that was exactly what we wanted to do,” Ms Amey said.

Ms Thomas said she and Carley were introduced to Brock through the local DES service, Essential Employment & Training about the PaTH process.

“He’s a wonderful addition to our business and has a fantastic attitude. We would definitely encourage other Nowra businesses to find out about the PaTH program and give a young unemployed person a go; they have a lot to offer,” Ms Thomas said.

Young people like Brock are getting real jobs thanks to the PaTH program. By doing an internship, Brock was able to demonstrate the value he could add to a business and he is now making a wonderful contribution,” Minister Cash said.

Kylie from Essential Employment & Training will continue to provide ongoing support to Brock & the owners at The Dog & Monocle.

Jenolan Caves Team Building Trip

Back in July our participants from Bomaderry, Goulburn and Wollongong partook in a team building retreat at Jenolan Caves. The idea of the weekend was to build strong bonds between staff and participants while spending downtime socialising and relaxing.

Throughout the weekend everyone explored the vast caves Jenolan has on offer, while also learning about the rich history and viewing some of the most breath taking monuments.
As well as the cave tours, the group also spent time walking along the serene Blue Lake, and even bumped into local wild life along the way.

The weekend was a great success, the group reconnected and got to know one another again and look forward to doing something similar in the future.

Wayne’s World

Wayne’s World

Wayne has been a user of our Disability Employment Service (DES) for approximately 2 years. Throughout that time Wayne tried his hand at a variety of job roles, but none gave him the level job satisfaction he so desired.

Wayne told DES staff he wanted a position that would suit his outgoing personality, provide him with opportunities to interact with others and offer him a career pathway.

Wayne’s detailed feedback helped DES staff to focus their employment search and better target opportunities for him. Employment Specialist, Tiv, found a Valet Driver job opportunity at Wollongong City Motors that he thought Wayne might be interested in. When Wayne heard about the job he jumped at the chance to apply, he saw the role suited his outgoing personality and would provide opportunities to put his customer service and communication skills to good use.

Tiv was able to present Wayne’s resume to Wollongong City Motors management ahead of any other potential applicants, this worked in Wayne’s favour and he got a call back for an interview.

The DES team worked with Wayne to prepare him prior to the interview so when it came time for the real thing Wayne only had to put what he’d learnt into practice. Cut to two weeks later, Wayne received confirmation his interview was successful and he was now a Valet Driver at Wollongong City Motors! Wayne was over the moon and the team at Essential Employment and Training couldn’t be happier for him. All the best Wayne!



Stephen has been attending our Community Participation program since 2012 when he received funding to participate 3 days a week. During his time with Essential Employment and Training (EET) Stephen has shown a love for dancing, fishing, playing sports and spending time out in local community socialising, sometimes going for a beer or a BBQ. Stephen expressed that he would like to spend more time with EET staff support to do the things he loved while also getting some assistance at home.

Our staff helped Stephen to successfully apply for a Supported Living fund package, this extra funding went directly towards providing Stephen with extra in home support. This means EET staff can now assist Stephen in the morning when his carer can not, our staff help Stephen to prepare meals and shower, getting ready for the day ahead. The extra time spent with Stephen also gives our staff an opportunity to provide independent living skills training in his own home. Stephen also used some of his funding to purchase much needed supportive technology for his home, including a shower chair, easy to use microwave, temperature setting on the hot water system and support rails.

Stephen continues to receive one on one support each week to do the things he loves, Stephen has built life long friendships at EET and loves being a part of the EET family, it’s become his second home.

Stephen Francis has been attending our program since 2012.

Stephen commenced EET with an active aging package and came 3 days per week. This wasn’t enough for Stephen, he wanted to come more. He loved going out in the community socializing with others. He loves to dance and go for a beer and BBQ. He loves fishing and playing sports he loves arts and crafts this is what he wanted to do more of.

Stephen was lucky enough to receive a supported living fund package, which abled us to spend time with Stephen in his home, teach him independent skills and give Stephen more opportunity to enjoy the things he loves doing.

Stephen has used his package to help him in the home. He has purchased many items that supports his needs such as a shower chair, easy to use microwave, temperature setting on the hot water system, lawn mowing, rails and more.

Stephen has staff that come in and help him prepare for the day with meals and showers. When his carer can not do it.

Stephen uses his package to attend EET’s yearly camp/retreat and uses his package to participate in group activities  and 1:1 activities every day of the week.

Stephen has built life long friendships and doesn’t  want to be any where else.

Stephen loves EET and the things we do with him. This is his second home and family



Stan has been a participant in our Transition to Work (TTW) and then Community Participation (CP) programs since the beginning of 2015, in the past year his life took a turn for the worse when Stan, a 19 year old man with Cerebral Palsy found himself homeless.

Being homeless left Stan isolated and prone to exploitation, Stan found himself sleeping rough in hostels, lounge rooms and even on park benches.

Change was urgently needed in Stan’s life, he asked Essential Employment and Training for extra assistance using his Individual Funding/NDIS package. EET was able to offer the one on one support that Stan wanted in the form of his case worker, Donna.  Stan now had extra support to fulfil his goals outside of program hours, number one being to find a place to call home. Donna worked tirelessly with Stan and his other support networks including Aboriginal Coorporation of Homeless Youth and the Department of Housing to get outcomes. In the span of a just a few weeks Stan and Donna had a huge SUCCESS finding when they found permanent accommodation in a great spot. This is the first time in a long time Stan has drawers to store his belongings, a bed of his own and a door to lock at night, these things really make a difference to Stan’s life, and he acknowledges “Mentally and emotionally it’s really helped me to have a safe and secure place to call my own. I wouldn’t have been able to hang in there without the support of Donna and the EET staff”.

Stan’s goal setting hasn’t stopped there, his next few goals are to study Literacy at TAFE and to do some shopping for his new home with on going support from Donna and the EET team.