Jim’s passion pays off

Since joining the Envirocare team as a supported employee in 2015, Jim has learned an abundance of new skills and is currently studying a Certificate II in Horticulture while working full time.

“I couldn’t do an office job; I definitely like working in the outdoors,” Jim, 23, said.

“What I like most about my job is the people, but also being able to boost my skills.”

Jim and his colleagues undertake mowing, edging, planting, irrigation and more.

Envirocare is based at Minda Brighton, and has depots at Reynella and Woodville. Jim enjoys working for customers including SA Housing, Anglicare, Telstra, the ALH Group, Minda and Brighton Dunes, across the Adelaide metropolitan area.

“Doing the Certificate II, I’m building up my skills and I really enjoy learning,” he said.

“The Cert II crew recently made a new garden bed near the Store at Minda Brighton, and I enjoyed working on that, plus I’ve learned how to do irrigation and soil testing.”

Envirocare’s Certificate II in Horticulture Team was a finalist in the 2019 Stars of Minda Awards for supported employees held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in October. The team members were nominated for their enthusiasm in building a diverse set of skills which will help them on the path to open employment.

Minda and SA Group Enterprises (SAGE) are looking for more supported employees across 11 commercial businesses.

Jim encourages others to consider a career with Minda and SAGE, as he wants to see more people “have a fun job, have their own money, and get a good life”.

“When you’re working you’re out and about and not home sitting around,” he said.

“You have your own income for independence and you get to learn new things and meet new people.”

Minda and SAGE have supported employment jobs available now. People can choose a job to suit their likes and interests – including getting your hands dirty in grounds maintenance with Envirocare, doing your bit for the environment with Electronic Recycling Australia, and getting creative with graphic design at Blend Creative.

Anyone interested can phone (08) 7231 4975.