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Blind ‘Hurricane Chef’ – just wants to get back into the kitchen!

A qualified Head Chef who has run his own cafe and recently released a cookbook ‘The Hurricane Chef’, Nate Quinell is passionate about cooking - and is very keen to find work again in the industry he loves. Even though he is blind and wears cochlear implants due to deafness since a child, Nate’s biggest hurdle is convincing industry employers that he can handle the heat in the kitchen.  So Nate came to Disability Employment Services provider ON-Q, seeking support to...

Is it a Career or is it a Job?

While having a job equates to earning money to afford to pay your bills and live well, a career is much more than that. A career is a long term goal towards fulfilling your inner values, utilising your personal strengths and talents, and inspiring your continuous growth. According to the Career Industry Council of Australia who are responsible for the National Careers Week initiative: “Career development is a process of managing learning, work and leisure to progress through life. It includes gaining...

Tania is now working – and has her confidence back!

Having not worked for over 5 years, Tania’s confidence was at an all-time low. Being asked by others what she did for a living, not feeling she could adequately provide for her family and the constant rejections when applying for jobs really took its toll. On top of this, living with a disability made it all the more difficult for Tania. So when Tania sought the help of ON-Q, her employment consultant Karen could see she needed to work on her...

Hit by the Bush fires then Corona, Troy is now working again!

When the catastrophic bush fires hit Nowra earlier this year, Troy lost his car and most of his worldly goods. Desperate and traumatised, Troy migrated to the sunshine state, making his new home at a backpackers in Kangaroo Point, Queensland. Not long after the fires, the Corona Virus pandemic left Troy feeling further defeated, yet still determined to get his life back on track. Motivated to find work and an independent income, Troy registered with ON-Q at their East Brisbane office. Without...

School Leaver Krissy finds Employment, thanks to ON-Q

When Krissy recently left school her major goal was to find work. Her path was not an easy one though, being diagnosed with autism and a significant language impairment. Despite this, Krissy lives quite independently with her mother and her twin sister and at her young age, already has her drivers’ license. Krissy really wanted paid employment and took part in the School Leaver Employment Support program through ON-Q. The program assists young school leavers with a disability to successfully transition to...

Jade is now ‘Best Friends’ with her future!

Jade wasn’t coping well at school and after her mother passed away 18 months ago, things began to rapidly spiral. Her father had real concerns for her future and the choices she was making. A careers counsellor at Jade’s school approached ON-Q to see whether they could provide an alternative pathway for Jade, something that could positively re-engage her in education and a career pathway. Jade then began to receive support through her employment consultant at ON-Q, who learnt that she always...

All Michael Wants for Christmas is a Job!

With a Certificate 1 in Construction, qualifications and experience in furniture making and a rock solid work ethic and attitude, Michael is guaranteed to impress any employer ready to give him a go. He would love nothing more than to find work before Christmas. Being deaf has never stopped Michael from being a great team member and valuable employee. In the workplace, his employers and team mates quickly get used to Michael’s alternative communication practices through his competent lip reading, use...

Meet the new CEO of ON-Q

The BUSY Group, which ON-Q Disability Employment Services is a part of, is excited to formally introduce Jason Shield as the new CEO for ON-Q.  Paul Miles, Managing Director for the BUSY Group Ltd, said "We're very excited to have Jason's expertise at the helm of ON-Q, leading the organisation forward in this new era. Jason's experience in the sector and his commitment to supporting community members will be a strong asset for ON-Q and The BUSY Group". Moving forward, Jason Shield has...

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