Rich Rewards for David Riches

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David Riches was hesitant about starting a Work For the Dole activity and doubted that success would come of it, but Joblink Plus Consultant Teresa Knott from Mudgee was determined to see him succeed. A new activity in Building and Maintenance was about to commence, and having worked with Kanandah Retirement Village previously Teresa knew it was a great opportunity.


After feeling a little unsure in the beginning, David started to enjoy being on the grounds and his work as a handyman. Kanandah ensures that everyone feels that they are a part of the team.  Every worker on-site is treated like an employee, everyone is supplied with a uniform, can attend training sessions and is welcome to come along to regular staff meetings. Mentoring and inclusion is a bedrock of the workplace.


Sue Pearce, who manages Kanandah said “David has been supported by Kanandah Retirement Village upon his commencement of his Work for The Dole Activity which saw a complete reversal of expectations for the Work for the Dole Program. David understood he was relied upon and also accountable as a potential employee by Kanandah Retirement Village. His diligence throughout earned confidence of management and therefore enabled him to secure the advertised position.”


Eight weeks after he finished, Kanandah Retirement Village contacted Teresa wanting to advertise the position.  David applied, interviewed and based on his recent experience, knowledge and conduct was awarded the role.


David has now been working at the retirement village for 6 months and couldn’t be happier.


“David had a lot of self doubt in the beginning and he was worried he wouldn’t be able to fulfill the tasks.  Kanandah had been a host previously, and I knew it would be a great environment for him.” Said JPC Teresa “This opportunity has turned his life around and his confidence has gone through the roof.”


Congratulations David and thank you to Kanandah for your inclusive team oriented approach to successful work places.