Link June 2017 Vol 26 Issue 3 - Page 61

advertorial service with attitude It usually takes years to build up a bond of loyalty and trust with a new employer. But on the day in July 2016 that Telstra Discovery Store Leader Wendy Duff gave Brad Emin his first job, she earned his loyalty for life. “I’ll always be grateful to Wendy,” says Brad. “I’ll follow her into battle and stay true to her forever.” Brad, a cheerful, capable 26-year- old, has an intellectual disability and lived for years on welfare payments while he studied and tried to find work. He was beginning to consider himself “unemployable” until a new initiative by Telstra’s flagship Melbourne store offered him and fellow jobseeker Bella Penfold part-time jobs. You can teach a person a job, but not an attitude... “But I’ve discovered I’m really “You can teach a person a job, good at that!”. but not an attitude – and Brad and Bella both have wonderful Brad and Bella work on alternate days, keeping the counters stocked, the printers running, the computer screens and keyboards sanitised. These are critical tasks that help keep the store running Six months on, the experience has smoothly every day. had a positive impact on everyone involved. The Melbourne store has gained a reputation for its friendly social “This is the first time I’ve had to do conscience, with a café staffed things on my own,” says Bella, 22. by asylum seekers and a ‘pop-up “When I was at TAFE, I always had space’ run by the Wise Foundation. someone helping me take notes But Brad and Bella’s employment and do assignments. But here I is a new endeavour – and one have to be punctual and be very their manager Cameron Knox is organised. particularly proud of. attitudes,” says Cameron. Telstra’s Careers team, including our Disability Champions, are trained to ensure people with a disability are included and supported through the recruitment process. For more information and to see a list of current opportunities, please visit careers. telstra 59