Ben registered with Nova Scotia Works Employment Solutions in March 2020 with a clear goal to find employment with is current skill set, preferably in a deli or kitchen setting making food. Ben had a keen interest, as well as experience in food prep. His resume includes volunteer work through past school placements and other community-based organizations. Ben gained skills through his training in reception, landscaping, maintenance, and woodwork. Ben was also hopeful to find employment in his local nearby community of Chester.
Soon after registering with Employment Solutions Society Ben met with Job Developer Lisa to work in collaboration with Bens Case Manager. Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions staff were working from, we had to meet over video chat and brainstorm on his employment goals for the future. This caused no deterrence for Ben. With support of the Job Developer, Ben narrowed down a few employers in his area he would like to work for. When restrictions began to ease, Ben applied for and then accepted a position with a local grocery store. Having completed a school placement there in the past, Ben was eager and excited to get started in his new role in a food prep position. He looked for to (and still does) getting up for his early morning shifts.
The employer was able to access funding through the Federal budget, The Opportunity Fund wage subsidy. The subsidy is given to assist with the cost of hiring a new employee. It was evident that this employer would be a good match. Through Bens experience in the past, he had learned important skills and had a good experience. The employer was very welcoming again and looked forward to hiring ben. They seen his potential and were keen on helping him to succeed in his role. The employer was, mindful of Bens learning style as well. Ben was tied to a mentor he already knew, assisting him in learning the new job. He started by working on recipes and getting confident in his abilities before, moving on to the next task given.
Ben has been successfully employed in his role for five months at the grocery store doing something he enjoys. He is working in his community with people who are welcoming and inclusive. He continues to do a great job, growing his skill set, gaining confidence, and taking pride in his work. This is a true success story.