When Max Anderson and his mother came to BUSY Ability (formerly known as ON-Q), they were determined to find Max some work experience, to assist his transition from school (which he is undertaking remotely) and into employment. This was not particularly easy as aside from having autism, Max also has a severe spinal disorder that requires him to receive daily care.

Focussing on his abilities, Max undertook a career assessment test, Cognisess. This determined that he had high level skills in Maths and English and the assessment tool also matched his values and likes to certain career paths that would suit him – the top one being office administration. In Year 12 Max had also successfully completed a Certificate II in Business so he already had some background skills in administration.

Max’s consultant at BUSY Ability got busy approaching employers to take on Max in an office administration role and eventually Max was offered a role with Aruma, formerly known as House with No Steps, in the office of their Burleigh packing house, a social enterprise initiative that provides a range of packing jobs for government and private sector industries.

The role is perfect for Max and he is extremely excited to be gaining paid employment and a head start into his career path even before leaving school.

“Without BUSY Ability and my mother, I wouldn’t be where I am today. BUSY Ability has given me confidence”, Max stated.

CEO for BUSY Ability, Jason Shield, stated “We’re proud to support young people like Max to make the transition from school and into a career pathway. We will continue to support Max to ensure he is settling into his new employment and has everything he needs to perform his role to the expectations of his employer and we’re very excited to see where Max’s career path takes him into the future”.

For more information regarding BUSY Ability Disability Employment Services, visit www.busyability.org.au  or call 1800 761 561.

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