Jordan came to Autism Plus through the Work and Health program, in partnership with Reed. Initially hesitant about extra support, he realized he needed help finding employment. With limited experience and uncertainty about his desired career, Jordan faced additional barriers such as low self-confidence and anxiety. He was eager to work but struggling to secure interviews. Disclosure of his disability was also new to him.
We helped Jordan to create his CV and identify suitable job roles, including long-term goals like working in a school. He began volunteering at the Salvation Army once a week, gaining confidence and developing his skillset. The experience also provided customer service and retail exposure. With this new knowledge, we began exploring retail positions.
We supported Jordan in identifying and improving his skills, and assisted him with completing job applications. When he received interview invitations, we helped him to prepare and feel more confident. When Jordan’s support from Reed ended, he was able to continue with us through our ESF program.
Jordan successfully secured a part-time role at Heron Frozen Foods. We continue to support him through Access to Work, which he finds beneficial. We have worked with Jordan and his manager to ensure he is settled in the workplace and understands his role as well as an understanding of procedures at work. For example, we helped him learn how to check his wage slips and book annual leave, tasks he had never done before.
Jordan has excelled in his role, overcoming many challenges. He has now been with the company for over 12 months and continues to thrive.