HAPPY: Blaine Hooker is enjoying his new role at the Point cafe in Lennox.
HAPPY: Blaine Hooker is enjoying his new role at the Point cafe in Lennox. Doug Eaton

Blaine’s attitude a real winner

WHILE most people are looking forward to taking time off for Christmas, Blaine Hooker says he is looking forward to working.

Blaine, 21, is now into his 12th week of employment at The Point Cafe in Lennox Head, after landing the job through employment agency MAX Employment Ballina, as part of the Government's Disability Employment Services program.

He said gaining employment was a "relief" given how few jobs are currently available. "At the moment it's pretty hard. There's not many jobs around," he said.

"Right now I'm working two days a week, but whenever my boss rings me, I come down straight away."

Blaine's new role involves everything from food preparation to table service and dishwashing, with the possibility of a traineeship in the works.

The Point Cafe owner and manager, Simon Cass, said he was really excited to have Blaine on board.

"I have a lot of trust in Blaine, which I haven't had in a lot of other people," he said.

"He's never been late, never said, 'I don't want to'."

Mr Cass said employees are central to small businesses.

"It's a full team effort," he said. "You can teach anyone anything except initiative and common sense, and Blaine has both."

Blaine's job placement is part of the 10,000 Jobs for Christmas campaign, being run by Max Employment.

The campaign aims to find 10,000 jobs for Australian job seekers between October 1 and December 31, with the tally currently at 8500 jobs.

Max Employment Ballina business manager, Leah Collie, said businesses like The Point Cafe are the reason for the campaigns success.

"The Point Cafe has been so supportive of Blaine," Ms Collie said.

"As a Disability Employment Services provider we are committed to finding the right job seeker-employer match and our post placement support ensures that the employer and job seeker are supported every step of the journey."

To register a vacancy or to find out more information on MAX Employment's Greatest Gift campaign visit http://www.maxjobs.com.au or call 02 6683 5200.

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