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AWARE Industries has grown to provide a
broad range of services and products over
the past 30 years but it is their leadership
program that is making a big differences for
some of their employees today.
Aware provides employment for people with
a disability in a viable business environment
and offers cost effective business solutions
by providing a wide variety of production,
processing and finishes services.
In 2012 they developed and launched a
leadership program where six supported
employees took on the challenge to be
trainee team leaders.
"The supported employee team leaders
were selected based on their work abilities
as well as their personal characteristics,"
said Business Development Officer, Janelle
"They are now in a role that involves them
teaching and leading others as well as being
able to manage and deal with daily issues that
may emerge amongst the team."
The team leaders include Phurba Sherpa,
Tara Gautam, Dean Matthews, Lachlan Hair,
Derek Coates, Gauri Subedi and Purna
Bhattarai and Gail Reece.
"These staff members were very proud to be
promoted to a team leader and have taken
the role very seriously," Ms Quinn said.
"The leadership role has given them increased
job satisfaction and therefore a better quality
of life," she said.
Gail Reece was recently promoted to
Supported Team Leader which is another
step up. She can manage and train staff with
mailhouse tasks, recycling
and pick and dispatch.
and dispatches cordials for a local cordial
component Frou Frou. Gail supervises this
whole operation from start to finish. She
is in the process of training another staff
member which will in turn improve his skills,
confidence and work satisfaction.
Gail also contributes to the community and
displays leadership in areas outside of work.
She is a member of the Oven and Murray
Special Olympics team and represents the
area regularly in bocce and tenpin bowling.
CEO Sharon Muggivan said Aware Industries'
employees are encouraged to learn new jobs,
increase their skills levels and build career
"Aware has an ongoing commitment to
upgrade the skill levels of our employees,"
"A more highly skilled workforce increases
our capacity to develop and diversify our
Leadership program works wonders
Gail Reece ( Supported Team Leader), Sukhwinder Kang ( Team
Leader) and Trainee Team Leader Lachlan Hair.
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