Success at St Mary’s Masters, Resourcing the Future Program
5 June 2014
Judith Hardy is delighted with the progress of employees recruited through the Diversity Dimensions Resourcing the Future program for her new store at St Marys NSW.
Judith, Store Manager at Masters Home Improvements was happy to run the program in her second store after previously initiating it during the opening of the Chullora store. While the Chullora program produced good outcomes for participants she was keen to build on that success. Judith had a clear vision of the type of workers she wished to employ. “We wanted to have a diverse workforce and have used the program before but with better success this time around” she said.
Culturally mirroring the local community was one of her key goals when planning for the St Marys opening. “Employees and customers are Aboriginal and it's good to connect with the community as there are a lot of Aboriginal people in this community” she said. And she couldn’t be happier with the results. “The staff do a great job and now you don't realise that they have come out of the program”.
From the intake of 9 participants in the 4 Day program a total of 7 candidates were selected from the Group Assessment to be offered positions at the store. Candidates were referred to the program from Jobfind Centre at St Marys. Site Manager Joanne Williams is understandably proud of her clients.
“This was amazing, we had 9 people in the group. One dropped out due to personal issues she had been denying and the group had her realise she needed to address these first. One was not suitable and was not quite job ready. But all the other 7 clients were employed and 6 are still employed after 6 months and going strong”.