School leaver’s program cements future career path

Due to having a mild intellectual disability, Estelle Synaphet joined Nadrasca in 2014 as part of its school leaver’s program, My Life My Future.

She has since progressed to be a leader within the organisation’s warehousing team, responsible for all transport bookings, including pick-ups and deliveries.

Nadrasca is a disability support organisation based in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, supporting over 300 people in achieving their personal and professional goals.

As an equal employment opportunity employer, Nadrasca has been proudly supporting Australians with disabilities in their employment since 1975. Currently, Nadrasca employs over 100 Australians with a disability, in job roles ranging from warehouse management, production, printing, office support, account management, electronics, labour trades, plus more.

For Synaphet, 28, Nadrasca has helped to cement a rewarding career path, in a role she enjoys and thrives in.

After entering the school leaver’s program to undertake work experience, Estelle soon progressed into a permanent full-time role at Nadrasca. In 2019, she was presented with the Parliament of Victoria Community Achievers Award.

Operations manager at Nadrasca, Sandra Dimitrievski, explained, “In the past 12-18 months, we’ve streamlined our warehouse operation and during this time, Estelle has played an integral role in leading and supporting our warehouse teams to ensure the service provided to our customers is efficient and to a high standard.

“Nadrasca owns a Hino 500 truck and a van, which is used for local deliveries and pick-ups. When required by our customers, Estelle will manage the transport booking process with third-party service providers.”

Synaphet says although she was nervous when she started at Nadrasca, through her experience and the wonderful team, it has greatly boosted her confidence and brought her out of her comfort zone.

“I like working at Nadrasca because most of my friends from high school are working here and I feel safe and supported while working here – and it is also close to home. Nadrasca has helped me a lot with my confidence and self-esteem,” she said.

Among her key roles, Synaphet is responsible for the picking and packing of key Nadrasca customer online orders. On a typical day, she spends one to two hours in the receiving department, where she will check freight and receipt stock.

Synaphet is responsible for the booking of all freight and creating relevant dispatch paperwork, including delivery dockets and consignment notes for the warehouse; along with pallet reconciliation, stock and order enquiries, weekly stock takes and running monthly team ‘toolbox meetings’.

Synaphet is being recognised for her unwavering dedication and endeavour at Nadrasca and within the wider transport community. Transport Women Australia Limited (TWAL) recently presented Estelle with a membership and a bag of merchandise to assist with this recognition.

“We look forward to a long relationship with Nadrasca,” added TWAL chair Jacquelene Brotherton, “and to following the long and successful career of Estelle Synaphet with our support and encouragement.”

This article originally appeared in BigRigs.

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