Joel's Story

Joel's Story

Joel* was having a rough time when he first met with Workskil Employment. A young dad, homeless, with substance abuse and mental health barriers, Joel had never held a paid job. Workskil Employment referred Joel to short term interventions through Workskil Health’s Allied Health services. Joel’s outlook on life was steadily improving, however after several unsuccessful job interviews and the end of his short term counselling, Joel began to spiral back into some negative patterns.

Workskil Employment referred Joel to headspace for ongoing counselling, and to Workskil Youth’s Successful Transitions program. Through this program, Joel was given the opportunity to attend an interview with an industrial exhaust cleaning company. Workskil Employment and Workskil Youth staff worked intensively with Joel to prepare him for the interview, and Joel performed admirably, impressing his potential employer, who wanted to give him a go. Joel’s employer told Workskil Employment that Joel would need a Working at Heights qualification and a police clearance, so Workskil Employment arranged these at no cost to Joel or his employer, and arranged a short term work trial to reassure Joel’s employer was confident in his ability to perform the role.

At the time of publishing, Joel remains employed and is in regular contact with Workskil Employment and Workskil Youth staff for ongoing support.

*names changed