A mature aged Sudanese job seeker has risen from the many atrocities of Sudan and gained sustainable employment with Sodexo – a world leader in quality of life services.
Baha Abdelfatah Abdallah first came to the Employment Plus Morley office seeking employment assistance in 2015. Employment Plus Vocational Trainer, Raj Verma, worked with Baha to update his resume and then introduced him to Darryl Hodgson, Senior Recruiter, to explore possible career options and assist him with applications.
“Baha had been working on and off as a cook while trying to complete a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery,” explained Darryl.
“He wanted to continue cooking and maximize his income for his family but was unsure of his options or who to turn to given his limited English skills.
“Julie Stewart, Employment Plus’ Business Development Manager had been working closely with Sodexo on recruiting FIFO roles and, after briefing her on Baha’s skills and career goals, she worked to secure an interview for him with the organisation.”
Sodexo prides itself on providing tailored services in the mining, oil, gas, corporate, education, retail and seniors sector to improve the way businesses run on a daily basis.
Darryl and Julie coached Baha through his pre-employment screening and interview process which led to him successfully gaining employment as a Fly In Fly Out Utilities Staff Member.
“We are absolutely delighted for Baha – he’s gained a fantastic role with a very reputable company, and there is also the opportunity there for him to move into a Chef Apprenticeship when a vacancy arises,” said Julie Stewart.
According to Andrea Timmins from Sodexo, Baha’s appointment is key to the organisation developing culturally diverse teams, accommodating social diversity and making everyone feel welcome and at home, especially on remote sites.
“At Sodexo, we strive to challenge stereotypes by encouraging an organisational culture that embraces differences and celebrates unique ideas, perspectives, experiences and talents,” said Andrea.
“We value all differences and provide equal employment opportunities based on skills and competence -not race, gender or preferences.
“It has been a pleasure working with the Employment Plus team in recruiting Baha and we are looking forward to welcoming him to our team.”