A national business that helps people find work has opened in Orange.
APM Employment Services, formed in Perth in 1994, is in Summer Street.
Business manager Annette Aggett said APM had offices in western NSW but this was the first in Orange.
She said they specialised in helping people with disabilities get work-ready with employment courses and training.
“We’re getting a few people with back injuries in labouring jobs, [such as] truckies who have been helping loads up the trucks,” she said.
“We’ve had a good response for the four weeks we’ve been open.”
Mrs Aggett said under the scheme clients were offered APM’s services for free with the company being reimbursed by the government.
Mrs Aggett said their services included showing people about presentation and communication for job interviews.
“The courses tend to go for six to nine months depending on how quickly they can do the courses,” she said.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
An Orange petrol station is bringing back old-fashioned service.
The Caltex Woolworths petrol station on the corner of Summer and William streets will offer driveway service to customers on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-1pm.
Assistant manager Tania Hodgkinson said the service would be free.
“It’s just something we’re trying to do for the elderly,” she said.
“It’s open to anyone but if there are elderly people there they will get the priority.”
Mrs Hodgkinson said they would fill petrol and wash car windows and elderly people could pay from their car.
CAFE FOR SALE
If you love coffee so much you want to run your own cafe the Dutch Embassy Espresso Bar and Cafe in Sale Street is up for sale.
Co-owners and sisters Emma Hill and Bernadette Binnie are selling the business they have run for the past three years.
Ms Hill said she had worked there for eight years but when they took it over they re-named it partly to tie in with their Dutch heritage.
She said she was looking for a change after her sister had moved away from Orange.
It has a 20-seat outdoor courtyard.
THIS SPORTING LIFE
There are big plans to revitalise one of Orange’s long-running shops, SportsPower, on Summer Street.
Spokesman Scott Ellis said they would soon start a total re-fit of the interior.
Mr Ellis said the current owners were keen to re-engage with Orange schools and sporting groups to grow the business which started in the 1960s.