It will be a different Christmas in Paula Hawkshaw’s household this year. A phone call from an employer offering her a new job has proved pivotal in giving her hope and delight to her family.
It is has become a tangible message of good news and great joy.
After a lengthy–and often difficult– journey as a single mum of two, including a child with additional needs, Paula was offered the job of her dreams in aged care.
Paula’s path to employment began with a visit to Wesley Mission’s ParentsNext in Wyong, a program designed to help parents successfully enter or re-enter the workforce by the time their children start school.
Nikki Irwin from ParentsNext sat down with Paula and explained all the ways the program could assist her family. As Nikki shared the options available, Paula noticed a flyer offering the opportunity to train in aged care.
With the help of ParentsNext, Paula was invited to attend an interview with Wesley Vocational Institute (WVI) just a few days later to discuss future possibilities and employment goals.
Wesley Training Group Manager, Len Grahame, sensed something special about Paula’s passion and determination for a role in aged care.
After the consultation the employer selected her to undertake a Wesley Workforce Development Training Course. Paula worked incredibly hard throughout her training, and was rewarded with an offer of a permanent role at her workplace.
Paula said she was thankful for the support shown by everyone–from her family and all the team at ParentsNext.