While bright and hard-working, long-term unemployment and self-confidence issues proved to be significant barriers to employment for Malia in her early 20s.
So, when she joined Sparkway in 2014, what she needed most was an opportunity.
Early on in her work as a cleaner, she expressed an interest in administrative work, so we helped her explore that by getting her a work experience placement in Sparkways' head office.
As she built hands-on experience in the role, learning the ins and outs of administration in a real work setting, we also supported her in applying for external administration roles, right down to helping her select an outfit for the interview.
With newfound confidence provided by her work experience and the help of our team, Malia was successful in landing an administration job with Jayco Caravans.
From there, Malia has grown from strength to strength, and has been able to use her role at Jayco Caravans as a platform for her next great leap – an accounting diploma that she has now almost finished.