With a wedding on the way, Theo, who lives with an intellectual disability, is glad to be back at work

Theo, who lives with an intellectual disability, had been out of work for over a year when he reached out to WISE Employment Palmerston for support.

With his wedding coming up in December, Theo was eager to get back into the workforce and to start preparing and saving for the big occasion.

Beck, WISE Business Manager, recommended that Theo take part in AccessAbility Day, a government initiative which is a great opportunity for jobseekers with a disability to connect with potential employers for a day to experience what each has to offer.

WISE organised for Theo to spend a day on placement at Rydges Hotel in Palmerston within the maintenance department, gaining experience in cleaning and guest services to obtain an all-round feeling for what was involved in the role.

The general manager felt Theo was a great fit and he was offered a job on the day.

Drosos, Manager at Rydges in Palmerston, says that Theo has become a great asset to the team.

“Theo is very hardworking and honest. We knew from the get-go that he would be a great fit,” he said.

“I think employers worry that it will take a lot of time and training when hiring someone with a disability, but Theo has definitely proven them wrong. He hit the ground running and has been nothing but helpful.”

Theo agreed and explained that he couldn’t be happier in his new position. “I’m really enjoying my new role. I get to work with lots of lovely people and my bosses are really nice too.”

But it’s not just the people that Theo loves about his new role, it’s also the freedom and financial independence that comes with it.

“It was very stressful being unemployed whilst planning my upcoming wedding. It’s extremely important to me and we’re getting married in the Philippines, so to be unemployed at that time was scary.”

Theo is continuing to shine in his role and is working towards saving for his wedding.

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