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Member News: Brett has the Cutting Edge

Wed, 12 Aug 2020, 02:06 PM

EPIC Assist, 21 July 2020

A lot can change in six months when you’re in the right role in a supportive workplace. Just ask Brett.

Brett moved to the Sunshine Coast in late 2018, looking for employment. His verbal communication skills were minimal, and when he was able to speak, he had a severe stutter and struggled to get his words out. Talking on the telephone was impossible.

EPIC Assist (EPIC) found him a role at a meat delivery company, where he was employed for around 18 months before the company had no further work for him.

Looking for Brett’s next role, EPIC thought Cutting Edge Cabinets could be a good match.

Cutting Edge Cabinets has been building kitchens on the Sunshine Coast since 2003. Around 12 months ago, they moved into their current, custom build premises at Bell’s Creek near Caloundra.

The company produces a huge 60-70 kitchens a month, which equates to 3-5 per day.

After moving into their new premises last year, General Manager Alan Ball was looking for a general hand and placed an ad on Seek.

“(EPIC Employment Advisor) Josh saw the ad, called me and asked whether I would be interested in having a chat about two job seekers with disability that he had in mind for the role,” said Alan.

“I said, if they can do the role, the disability doesn’t worry me.”

After chatting with EPIC about the suitability of the candidates, Brett was offered an interview and the opportunity of employment.

EPIC assisted Brett to gain his forklift licence and supported him through a safety course.

Six months later, Brett is in charge of the forklift operations, receiving orders from the multiple trucks that come in and sorting them into their separate jobs. His role also includes edging boards that form the structure for the kitchens.


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