Scotchman’s Hill Employer Finds Perfect Employee with Aid from WDEA Works

When WDEA Works Employment Consultant Shari Philips made a last-minute decision to call into call in to Scotchman’s Hill Winery on the Bellarine Peninsula, she was unaware of the impact it would have on the lives of some of WDEA Works clients. 

Shari sat down with Scotchman’s Hill Hospitality Manager Ruth Vickers-Willis to chat about her employment needs and discuss helping her find staff for her business. As an employer, Ruth was offered high quality recruitment services from WDEA Works. 

“From the moment I first spoke with Ruth I had a feeling that she would be a great employer to have a working relationship with. She was extremely understanding and interested in our program and our values. She was open to giving our jobseekers a go and was happy to take other referrals and open to capacity building roles within the business,” said Shari. 

Shari Philips (WDEA Works) with Ruth Vickers-Willis (Scotchman’s Hill)

Shari met with Ruth around the same time that Surf Coast local Michael decided to engage WDEA Works to help him find a job in Geelong region. Working with his Employment Consultant Duncan Brown, Michael detailed his work history, interests and hobbies.  

“Michael has a keen interest in gardening and maintenance work, so it was a fortunate coincidence that the very same day Shari informed me that Ruth was looking for someone at Scotchman’s Hill, I was able to suggest the perfect candidate: Michael!” said Duncan.  

Within a week of his meeting with Duncan, Michael had his first day of work at Scotchman’s Hill.  

“The first thing to say is that there was serendipity at play! My first interview with WDEA Works was on the Monday and I was working by that Thursday,” he said.  

“Duncan was attentive and friendly. He didn’t talk down to me; he showed me respect and gave good advice. I’m thoroughly pleased with everything. Working at Scotchman’s Hill has been a real boost for me. I have more self-respect and feel enthusiastic about life again. My workmates have been friendly and accepting,” said Michael.    

WDEA Works continues to support Ruth and Michael, with Duncan and Shari keeping in regular contact.  

“We have maintained a fantastic working relationship with Ruth and Scotchman’s Hill, who are happy to have an ongoing relationship with us. We regularly check in with our clients and provide that support for them and the employer whilst they are working,” said Shari.  

Ruth is happy she has been able to find such wonderful staff and provide employment opportunities for people in the local community. 

 “I’m very pleased with WDEA works and very happy to continue working with them and take referrals of future jobseekers. I understand the program and have been thrilled with the level of staff I have received from Duncan and Shari, who have been so helpful, attentive and supportive this whole process. I’m looking forward to continue working with WDEA in the future,” she said.  

If you think WDEA Works can help you find a job or a great new employee, please contact us!

Read More