Bridge Housing's Bridge to Work Program is putting tenants into jobs and helping them to fulfill their employment dreams. Read some of their stories.

Adele Irlam

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Adele Irlam was working two jobs and caring for her three young children when she joined Bridge Housing's A Bridge to Work employment program in September. She wanted to return to working in pathology where she began her career but didn't know how to make the transition.

With the support of A Bridge to Work coordinator Gavin Marks, Adele tailored her resume to reflect her pathology training and experience and write an appropriate cover letter to better suit her applications. We set her up with an updated on line profile on SEEK and INDEED to allow her to seamlessly apply to relevant positions. We identified local pathology employers in her area and targeted her applications to these employers. Adele was motivated to meet regularly and appreciated the work we did with her resume and cover letter. 

The job she landed at Australian Clinical Labs pays better, is closer to home and gives her more time with her family.

 

 

Thomas Fowler

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Thomas Fowler was recently made redundant at his work due to circumstances beyond his control and applied to join the Bridge to Work program. He hoped to find permanent part-time work in the community services field, specifically working with youth. This aligned closely with his professional studies and his desire to help others. 

Tom applied for a variety of roles, despite not meeting an essential criteria for many: a driver’s license. Through Weave and its Driving Change Program for young people we succeeded in securing free driving lessons for Tom. He then landed a part-time role as a Residential Care Worker with St Laurence House

Tom said: “My time with the Bridge to Work program made a very positive impact on my life. I was consistently reassured that I would attain the goals I had set out for myself and I was supported through every step of the way.”

“I was also relieved of much of the financial stress in my life due to the program’s ‘rent freeze’ policy, which allowed me to think with a clearer head and pursue my goals free from the burden of financial hardship."

Cholok Muorwell

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Cholok is a Bridge Housing tenant who joined the Bridge to Work program in July 2018. She had recently migrated to Australia from Sudan and was looking to find part time employment. 

After consultation and review of her work history, we decided to approach an employer with whom she had previously worked on a contract basis. She successfully negotiated another three-month contract with LUSH Cosmetics, working in the production warehouse with an option to extend to six months. 

She is very happy to have found employment with them again and we hope to help her secure a permanent role as we support her in her contract. 

Cholok is very personable and diligent in her work and is looking to possibly become a supervisor during her new placement as she brings with her experience and expertise from her role last year. Cholok has great potential, and with ongoing coaching and mentoring through her contract, we are hopeful that LUSH will provide her with a permanent position.