Luke had been long-term unemployed, struggling with drug addiction and unable to find work without
a driver’s licence. Employment Plus found Luke some short-term casual work to address the gaps in
his resumé. While this provided him with some work experience, a few dollars and, most importantly,
a reference, the end goal was to find him something permanent.
Just as a position looked to be opening up with a loyal Employment Plus client, Luke found himself
homeless. His Employment Plus consultant explained the situation to the employer, pressing the
point that Luke needed a position urgently to help him get his life back on track. The employer was
prepared to offer Luke an interview the following day. Temporary accommodation was arranged, allowing him to interview for the position the following morning.
The next day Luke was picked up and taken to the interview. Luke had his overalls on so that he was
ready to start work, and had with him two bags (his only possessions) when he attended the interview. Afterwards the employer raised his concern that Luke’s lack of a vehicle and accommodation would impact on his ability to work.
However, during the interview Luke’s consultant had arranged ongoing accommodation, which enabled
Luke to start work immediately.
Luke has now been employed for over three months and so far things are going well. Luke was
initially commuting by bus but has made friends with another employee who can offer him a lift to work.