We believe that meaningful employment can be the key to a purposeful life for many people. With the right training, support, and encouragement, we can all achieve incredible things. We respect and cater for the diverse needs and challenges of people with disabilities to ensure that people have the best possible chance of achieving success. Kilmarnock provides a supportive environment where social and professional development is encouraged. We have a fantastic workplace culture that is based on mutual respect and the pursuit of excellence. Through professional training, social development, health and well-being initiatives, and ongoing support, we are showing our team their individual value and giving them the confidence and skills they need for success.
Kilmarnock provides a hands on, practical training environment that prepares trainees for further employment opportunities. Our workplace is similar to many commercial workplaces, only considerably more diverse. Trainees have the opportunity to gain experience in a large variety of industries including food processing, e-waste recycling, packing, and office services. We acknowledge that for many it is just as important to learn how to interact with peers and employers as it is to learn how to operate different machinery. Our training offering is broad, holistic, and tailored to an individual’s goals and ambitions. By providing a supportive and enriching work environment, we have been teaching adults with a range of abilities, the skills needed to transition into further employment opportunities.
It can be pretty challenging working out what you want to do after high school! We believe that informed choice is essential when working out what you want to do and where you want to go. That is why we offer a work experience programme tailored to suit school leavers and young adults. Students will learn a variety of skills in a supportive, safe, fun and active workplace. They will learn about workplace expectations, work ethic, Health and Safety practices, quality standards, and food safety. In 2014 we were very proud to be named as the winners of the Champion Canterbury ACC Workplace Safety Award. We also have ISO9001 quality certification and our food department is HACCP food safety certified by MPI. We are well equipped to provide the diversity and experience needed to make an informed decision about the next step.
Tania McClureEmployee / Kilmarnock
I like working here because I get a paid job and it makes me busy. My friends are here and the supervisors are nice and happy and helpful.
Allison QuestedEmployee / Kilmarnock
I like Kilmarnock because I like working with people, having a job, meeting people, doing different jobs, and getting three weeks off at Xmas!