Sam’s MWLFS Success Story with Tulloch Wines

Sam engaged in Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions’ (MWLFS) Transition to Work (TtW) program in 2016.

Just two short months after Sam commenced on the program, he was employed by Tulloch Wines in February of 2017 as a casual employee.

Sam started his employment with Tulloch Wines in their warehouse packing orders for wine club customers. At the time, this suited Sam just fine, he was lacking confidence and wasn’t as comfortable making conversation with people he didn’t know due to his mental health.

Fast forward to 2020 and Sam is now working full time and is wine certified, working predominantly in the food preparation and wine experience area of the cellar door.
Speaking with Sam in October of this year, it was hard to believe he had ever had trouble making conversation! Sam is now a confident, well-spoken young man who is more excited than ever to see where his future at Tullochs will take him.

That’s not all though! Moving into 2021, Sam’s employment journey with Tulloch Wines will take him to new heights, as he expands even further into the world of events.
Tulloch Wines General Manager, Brad Russ explained that Sam will be the face of the business at many food and wine events in 2021, including Manly Food & Wine Festival, Brisbane Food and Wine Festival, Wine Member events and more! Additional to this, Sam will assist with overall event logistics which will increase his skillset once again.

“It’s been a remarkable four years. From the beginning we knew that there would be the ability for Sam to move into other areas of the business and it was quite clear that Sam wanted to take ownership of what we are doing here,” Brad said.

When recruiting, Brad explained that Sam stood out as the right fit for the Tulloch team.

“He has enough experience to bring something fresh and new to the team, but showed a willingness to learn, and he was supported to do just that”.

MWLFS provided Sam with Post Placement Support throughout the initial stage of his employment journey and when the time was right, Sam continued on his own and it’s clear to see that he has taken employment in his stride!

When talking to Sam, there was no denying that he is happy in his role with Tulloch Wines. Sam expressed that one of his goals at the moment is to “really help people understand what to ask and look for when experiencing wine”.

Sam is doing his own research on wines now and is looking forward to what the future holds for him with the team at Tulloch Wines.

Sam was part of MWLFS’ TtW program for young people aged 15 – 24 years who live in Maitland, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri.

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