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Discover what’s possible with Marriott Industries, Danny’s story


By Marriott , April 24 2018

What do you like about working at Marriott Industries?
Before working at Marriott Industries, I worked as a welder and the jobs I like here are the ones where I work with machine like the heat tunnel, the wrapper and electric pallet jack. So I guess you can say I like working with machines.

Some days I work with Leo as a warehouse assistant, again because it is working with machines I like it and also because Leo helps me learn to do new jobs.

Tell us about being on the Employee Representative Committee (ERC)
I was elected to the ERC which was a first for me and made me both nervous and excited. Then I said ‘Yes’ to being the Chair, which I had never been before and didn’t know what was involved. David, from Marriott Industries supported me at first with what was involved. I enjoy discussing ideas put forward by other employees and organising events like the footy BBQ and the art competition.

What is it like doing further education?
Last year I started doing a Certificate I in Transition Education through Marriott Industries. I was a bit nervous at first because I don’t feel confident writing and reading. In class Helen, who volunteers and Lucy, a staff member made me feel comfortable and I am now more confident with reading and writing. I really enjoy being part of the class.

Being in class helps me think about things I need to do to open up my opportunities and how to go about that. For example, one of the things I have learnt a lot about in class is banking. I had never been to the bank on my own before and Helen has really helped me because I have a heap of coins that I want to bank. The first time I went in to the bank I was very nervous but Helen had prepared me and I managed. It’ll be a little easier next time.

It is good to feel more confident doing things I wouldn’t have done before.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I live with my mum and even though I drive I don’t do a lot outside of work. But recently, I started going to Laughter Yoga on Saturday mornings in Hampton. On the first week, I was meeting a friend to go together but they didn’t arrive, I felt very nervous being there on my own but I stayed and enjoyed it. I have been back three times since.

Marriott supports me to try new things and its opened doors for me for reach my goals.

Future goals?
I want to learn to travel confidently on public transport and get a forklift licence.

About Marriott Industries
Marriott Industries supports people with disability to reach their full potential through supported employment.

Marriott Industries offers employment in light assembly, packaging, re work, pick n pack and warehousing. We also have teams who work externally to further develop skills and add variety to the work week.

Give us a call and together we can start shaping your future in supported employment at Marriott Industries, contact David on 03 9947 1115.



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