Rebecca Hope

Certificate IV in Business

RTO: Melbourne Polytechnic

Employer: NECA Education and Careers

Host Employer: Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions

Living with autism, Rebecca once struggled to attend school without one-on-one support. Now, she thrives in the human resources field and has become a guiding light for disability awareness. Rebecca completed her traineeship and a Certificate IV in Business through NECA Education and Careers at the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions.  

Rebecca’s previous experiences allowed her to highlight some of the challenges that people with disability may face when seeking employment, and she created a disability support services directory to improve the level of customer service provided. She also facilitated regular discussions with staff members around inclusion, which saw an increase in disability program engagement. Where tasks lacked written directions, Rebecca began creating basic handbooks to provide instruction for others on how to complete the task. Staff at her workplace have confirmed that these manuals were useful in improving team efficiency.  

Rebecca has become an advocate for traineeships for people with disabilities, highlighting the benefits of financial independence and heightened self-confidence. Her own experiences are her guide for others living with disability, demonstrating there are opportunities to grow by creating strategies that suit them.    

Following completion of her traineeship, Rebecca obtained full-time employment as Program Coordinator at Amaze, Victoria’s peak body for autism. Employing her profound experience and organisational skills, she delivers initiatives to enhance the lives of people living with autism.