Nova workshops come to Liverpool

NOVA Transition class of 2016. Picture: supplied
NOVA Transition class of 2016. Picture: supplied

Nova Employment will hold Pathways to Employment workshops in Liverpool this month.

During the past year, the service has helped over 1000 people find a job, who have disabilities through their Transition to Work program and Disability Employment Service.

Transition to Work is a two-year program, which teaches school-leavers how to write resumes, navigate their way with public transport and to practise good interviewing skills.

Brother and sister Anthony and Michelle Sammut are prime examples of young people Nova has helped.

“Anthony lives with a Global Developmental Delay and Michelle has an intellectual disability,” said their mother, Mrs Kathleen Sammut. 

Michelle is currently working at IGA as a shop assistant and Anthony is a restaurant attendant at McDonald’s. Their parents said they don’t know what they would have done without Nova’s services.

“We have two children who both attended the transition program and are now in jobs of their choice. My wife and I could not be any happier,” said proud father Peter Sammut.

Nova Employment chief executive Martin Wren said their program aims at helping youth as well as parents. 

“When you’re a parent or teacher of a child with significant disability there’s often extra fear of what will happen after high school has finished. Our Nova Transition to Work program removes that fear for parents,” he said.

Some teachers have said that the few years after high school are most fundamental in determining a young adult’s successful future.

One of them is Cabramatta High School special-education head teacher Shonrita Prasad.

“Nova has been working with Cabramatta High School for several years now to assist students with a disability to prepare, gain and maintain open employment well into the future. I highly recommend Nova for all students with a disability,” Ms Prasad said.

  • Pathways to Employment event details: Suite 101, 165 Bigge Street, Liverpool, Tuesday August 29.
  • There will also be an event in Ingleburn.
  • Bookings are essential and lunch is provided. To book call 8796 8109.

A description of Anthony Summut and Michelle Summut’s medical conditions were updated as requested, correcting what was previously supplied 17/8/2017.