For a lot of kids from tough backgrounds it can be difficult to get a foot in the door with employment. The Glue Store has recently bridged the gap by employing Oasis client Rob Nottle.
Jerome Lee, Pitt St store manager recalls "My boss, Ant Elliot, got to meet Rob in person through an Oasis employment initiative and thought it would be nice if somebody gave him a little more of an opportunity."
"He’s been here for 3 weeks and the reports from the other staff are that he’s really starting to come out of his shell and he’s doing really well. He started at a very basic level but soon we’d like to move him to full time - we want him to grow further with us."
Rob is pretty enthusiastic about his new position too. "It's mad, it's really cool having this job!" he smiles. "I would never have been able to get my foot in the door here, especially since I just moved out of Oasis. I'm living in supported housing now but I need the work to save up for my own place."
Jerome and his team are adamant about treating Rob just like any other staff member.
"I don't know the specifics of Rob’s background nor do I think I need to; what’s important is that the work we’ve seen from him so far has been really good. Everything he does towards his success is all based off his own back."
Jerome continues. “I work with a brand that is based purely on fashion and aesthetics, and it mainly involves people spending money to make themselves feel good, but there are definitely bigger social problems out in the world. So this is a great way to get involved. I think its fantastic that we’re starting to give back."