Link December 2018 Volume 27 Issue 6 - Page 52

employment Tim Norton with his co-workers. TIM’S PATH Tim Norton is working in open employment with South Australian transport company Des’s Minibuses, thanks to Adelaide-based Disability Employment Service provider Barkuma. T im completed one week’s work per week – and he jumped at of the work he undertakes and work experience with Des’s the chance! completes.” Minibuses five years ago Bruce said he would certainly enthusiasm and motivation in his job, recommend other employers consider short period exposed Tim to a work which has made all the difference for taking on a Barkuma job seeker. environment that he loved and after his employer. the initial opportunity, he became Des’s Minibuses Operations “We are pleased to continue our relationship with Barkuma and to see very interested in working with Manager Bruce Barnes said Barkuma the results in Tim’s personality and buses long term. and Des’s enjoy a great working confidence,” Bruce said. When Tim came into the Barkuma service in 2016, he mentioned relationship. “The mentoring service provided Barkuma Employment specialises in placing people who how much he enjoyed his work by the support workers at Barkuma have a developmental disability in experience at Des’s. Barkuma is the pivotal point of success in the mainstream employment. Ongoing immediately set about finding Tim relationship,” Bruce said. support is provided and Barkuma the right job and started talking to Des’s about an opportunity. Tim was offered two days’ 52 Since then, Tim has shown great while he was still at school. This employment “I really enjoy seeing Tim interact with our staff and get great pleasure from feedback relating to the quality works to match the right person and organisation.