Kerry has reached a milestone very few achieve in their working life: 20 years at the same job.
Kerry, who has an intellectual disability, was placed with Coles Toormina through her Disability Service Provider, Key Employment, in 1995.
Cherie Walker, Kerry’s Employment Consultant, is on hand to support her and Coles in managing Kerry’s day-to-day duties.
“I am so impressed with Kerry’s product knowledge and of the fantastic job she does in the bakery,” Cherie said.
“She loves coming to work and even after two decades she still serves every customer with a beaming smile.”
Coles honoured Kerry’s contribution with a lunch and presented her with a ’20 years of service’ badge, a plaque signed by the staff and a voucher.
Coles Toormina Store Manager, Chris Marsh, acknowledges what an integral part of the team Kerry has become.
“In my experience people with disability are more reliable and have an inherent desire to work,” Chris said.
“This has certainly been the case with Kerry who takes great pride in her work and is a real favourite with many of our regular customers.”
“I like KAPOW cause the trainers are bloody great and helpful. Looking forward to getting a job.”
“The trainer has helped me overcome barriers by building up confident work ethics and helped me to understand being in a formal working environment. Key Training is a social environment as well as a learning environment where we are all treated equal.”
“Since I have been out of school and became a student at Key Training I have become a happier person and no longer have to put up with bullying. Key Training is amazing.”
“Key is fun! The trainers are awesome. I’m keen to get a job.”
“I am happy with the friendliness and helpfulness from everyone at Key Training. I have gained knowledge and skills about business which will help me in the future. I am really thankful to be helped and can’t wait to complete the course.”