WHEN Craig Atuatika's job ended nearly three years ago, he was left without work.
So he turned to the team at Nova Employment, who told him they would find him a job that would best suit him and his skills.
Nova works exclusively with people who have a disability or significant barriers to work.
"Nova told me there was a job opened at The BBQ Store in Prestons, so I grabbed it with both hands," he said.
"My role comprises picking and packing, as well as checking over orders and making sure the warehouse is clean.
"I felt excellent getting the job and I'm really happy there."
His employer Gabriel Gewargis said he was thrilled to have Mr Atuatika as part of the BBQ store's team.
Mr Gewargis said that when he started his business he didn't have the finances to hire a full-time person.
"Nova Employment approached me and told me about a four- to six-week program where we could hire someone and get some government assistance," Mr Gewargis said.
"We got to know Craig and hired him as a casual for one year before offering him a permanent position last year.
"One thing that stands out about him is that he's punctual and he's always looking out for my wife when I'm not in.
"He really cares for the staff and that's one thing that's really hard to find in people."
Picture: Simon Bennett
Prestons' The BBQ Store owner Gabriel Gewargis with the help of Martin Wren from NOVA Employment employed Craig Atuatika two years ago.