Craig secures first ever job

First job: Craig Brown is  the newest member of the team at Coffee Guru at Southlands Shopping Centre and will complete a Certificate 2 in hospitality.

First job: Craig Brown is the newest member of the team at Coffee Guru at Southlands Shopping Centre and will complete a Certificate 2 in hospitality.

Craig Brown hasn’t let an intellectual disability get into the way of his first ever job.

The Jordan Springs resident, 20, recently secured a traineeship with Coffee Guru in South Penrith as part of Nova Employment’s 100 Jobs in 100 Days campaign.

He’s a success story from Nova’s Transition to Work program for school leavers.

“Craig had work experience in different industries and realised he had a passion for hospitality,” Nova Employment outlet manager Anthony Gale said.

“When we broke the news to him about the traineeship, he was over the moon. He was on cloud nine.”

Mr Brown has been with Nova for 18 months.

“When he first came to us, Craig was very shy and introverted with few friends,” Mr Gale said.

‘He now has lots of friends, engages with people, smiles and tells jokes.”

Mr Brown’s traineeship will cover all aspects of the business from cleanliness and operating the till to making coffees, serving customers and eventually cooking in the kitchen.

He’s the second Nova client employed by the Coffee Guru.

“Craig is happy to be here and is always trying to improve himself,” Coffee Guru manager Ryan Weir said.

"We hope he’ll learn a lot and set himself up for the future.”

Now in its third year, Nova Employment’s 2016 100 Jobs in 100 Days campaign is now in its second week. The tally is already up to 17 jobs.

  • Call Nova Employment Blacktown on 8886 1700 or Rouse Hill on 8818 7700.
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