Employee Case Studies

Kate’s Journey

  • May - 2008

    First Meeting & School Work Experience

    Kate came to Kilmarnock from Hornby High School, for a six-day work experience in May 2008.

  • Jul - 2008

    Work Trial

    Following her School Work Experience, Kate decided to leave school and did a four-week PeP Work Experience trial with us in July 2008.

    She was subsequently offered an Employment Agreement with us.

    Jul - 2008

  • Aug - 2008

    Employment

    Kate commenced at Kilmarnock on 18 August 2008.

    She worked in various departments at Kilmarnock, learning through both on the job experience and more formalised in-house training.

    This included training on Health & Safety, Wellness, ISO quality standards, Food Safety, and work expectations.

  • 2016

    Training

    Skillwise and Kilmarnock entered a collaboration in early 2016, with the aim of helping differently abled individuals into further formalised training to assist them into mainstream employment.

    Kate began this ‘Skill- Up’ Course in February 2016; a 17- week course where she attended CPIT three days a week and worked at Kilmarnock on the other two days.

    As part of the course Kate undertook work experience at a Café and then as an Operations Assistant, at a local automotive auction house.

    Upon successfully completing the course and work experience, Kate was offered three paid shifts per week at the local automotive auction house, which she gratefully accepted.

    2016

  • 2018

    Supported Transition to Mainstream Employment

    We continued to actively seek full time employment opportunities for Kate.

    In October 2018, a popular retailers’ cooperative approached us about interviewing potential candidates for a full time position.

    Kilmarnock assisted Kate through the preparation and application process resulting in her successfully gaining the full time position.

    We will continue to support Kate and her new employer throughout this transition, as per our Transition Plan.

Ed’s Journey

  • Oct - 2015

    First Meeting & School Work Experience

    Ed came to Kilmarnock, from Allenvale School, for a six-day school work experience in October 2015.

  • Nov - 2015

    Work Trial

    Ed joined us for a further three-week PeP Work Experience trial in November 2015, and was subsequently offered an Employment Agreement.

    Nov - 2015

  • Jan - 2016

    Employment

    Ed commenced at Kilmarnock on 11 January, 2016. He undertook work in various departments, learning more through both on the job experience and further formalised in-house training. This included training on Health & Safety & Wellness, ISO quality standards, food safety, and work expectations.

  • 2016

    Training

    Skillwise and Kilmarnock entered a collaboration in early 2016, with the aim of helping differently abled individuals into further formalised training to assist them into mainstream employment.

    Ed began this Skillwise ‘Skill-Up’ Course in February 2016; a 17-week course where he attended CPIT three days a week and worked at Kilmarnock on the other two days. As part of the course Ed undertook work experience as a kitchen hand at a popular restaurant, and on his successful completion of the course and work experience, he was offered two paid shifts a week at the restaurant and worked the other three days at Kilmarnock.

    2016

  • 2018

    Supported Transition to Mainstream Employment

    In November 2017, Kilmarnock was approached by an award-winning label printing company, for a recommendation for one of our employees to be considered for a new position they were creating. Following on from further discussions at with the company, Kilmarnock recommended Ed for an interview. Following a successful interview, Ed was offered a position with Kiwi Labels and commenced with them on 20 November 2017. Kilmarnock is happy to remain on the periphery for any support either Ed or the company may have; to further assist with his exciting move into full-time mainstream employment.

    Latest feedback from the company is that Ed is doing fantastically well and the staff all love him.