Event aims to show workers’ abilities

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Forrest Personnel Manjimup's Natalie Quinn and Tall Timbers head chef Sam Labrosciano, right, with Jesse Jaarola, centre, who prouds shows off the plate of scones he made during his work experience at the restaurant last week.
Camera IconForrest Personnel Manjimup's Natalie Quinn and Tall Timbers head chef Sam Labrosciano, right, with Jesse Jaarola, centre, who prouds shows off the plate of scones he made during his work experience at the restaurant last week. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Forrest Personnel and Tall Timbers joined forces last week to celebrate and raise awareness of workplace diversity.

As part of WorkABILITY Day, an initiative set up by Forrest Personnel to give people with health conditions, disabilities or injury opportunities to work, Manjimup man Jesse Jaarola did work experience for a morning at Tall Timbers on August 28.

During his work experience, Mr Jaarola made scones, cleaned dishes, portioned fish and cheese and learnt to make coffee.

“Making the scones was my favourite thing,” he said.

“I definitely want to work in a restaurant atmosphere in the future.”

Tall Timbers head chef Sam Labrosciano said Mr Jaarola had picked up on tasks and concepts quickly.

In the lead up to WorkABILITY Day, Forrest Personnel chief executive officer Anna Bagshaw said Forrest Personnel itself offered various hands-on opportunities to participants.

“We aim to have people experience a day at Forrest Personnel at every level of the organisation,” she said.

“We’ll do what we’ve done best for over 30 years – make great workplace matches that work for everyone.”

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