Nathan celebrates one year at Hume Doors, thanks to WISE Eastern Adelaide

Nathan is standing in the Hume Doors warehouse leaning on some wooden slacks. He's smiling at the camera, wearing a baseball hat along with a high viability yellow and blue long sleeve top and protective gloves.Over the past 16 years, Hume Doors have employed over 1,000 WISE Employment clients at their factories across the country. Nathan, a WISE client and Hume Doors employee, has just celebrated one year with the company.

Nathan reached out to WISE Employment over a year ago as he was struggling to secure stable employment due to his mental health conditions.

Nathan had previous experience working in IT, studied construction pathways at TAFE and also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity building houses, however hadn’t found a role that suited him just yet!

Nathan and his WISE Employment Consultant, Horacio, worked closely to find a workplace and a position that would be best suited for Nathan. After months of hard work, Nathan interviewed for a role as a Process Worker at Hume Doors and landed the job!

Nathan is extremely grateful for Horacio’s support throughout the process.

“Horacio was dedicated to finding me a job that suited my needs and made sure the whole experience was as easy as possible for me,” he said.

As a part of WISE’s ongoing support for their clients, Nathan and Horacio still stay in contact. In their fortnightly check ins, Horacio and Nathan talk through any challenges that might have arisen. These chats have been of great assistance since Nathan started and have become less about hurdles he’s facing and more about how he can continue the excellent progress he’s made.

Nathan works in a team of six at one of Hume Door’s factories, sorting out their deliveries – a role that he thoroughly enjoys.

“I don’t feel overwhelmed, which is important for me. And I love that it’s physical work – it’s been great to feel myself get stronger,” he said.

“The job also gives me a lot more financial stability. I’ve been able to move out of my family home, am able to go on holidays and get back into things I really enjoy, such as triathlons.”

Wayne, Nathan’s manager at Hume Doors, says Nathan is an asset to the team.

“Nathan doesn’t just ‘do the job’, he turns up and truly wants to do his best. He’s handy, reliable, has great attention to detail and does a great job. He has all the things you want in an employee,” he said.

Wayne’s advice to those thinking about employing someone with a disability, or mental health condition, is to let go of any pre-existing ideas.

“Access it on face value. Look at what the individual has to offer and if you have a role that fits their skill set. If you do, hire them, simple as that,” he comments.

Nathan looks forward to continuing his role at Hume Doors and is extremely grateful that he’s been able to finally have a secure job, especially in the midst of COVID-19!

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