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Dancing mascot: Jack Sharpe can be seen dressed as Pepperoni Pete at Domino's in Dapto. Photos: Supplied

Dancing mascot: Jack Sharpe can be seen dressed as Pepperoni Pete at Domino's in Dapto. Photos: Supplied

Jack Sharpe works as a mascot for Domino's Pizza in Dapto and Emma Scollary is a customer service team member at Woolworths in Shell Cove. Their dream jobs couldn't be more different, but both have all bases covered, thanks to Greenacres Kickstart Careers Program and two local employers.

Emma's shift at Woolworths may see her serving customers in the deli, working in the bakery, in fresh food or out on the floor in groceries. At the same time Emma is completing her Certificate III in Supply Chains and Operations through Greenacres.

Jack can be seen dressed as Pepperoni Pete, Domino's pizza mascot, in Dapto every Wednesday from 4-6pm. Be prepared for an entertaining experience as Jack likes nothing more than to enthusiastically dance for passing traffic and engage in dance-offs with anyone who will take him on.

According to Dapto Domino's franchise owner, Marty McGloin, Jack is so good at the job he is creating bedlam in the suburb.

"Jack is probably the most popular guy in Dapto right now," Marty said. "Cars are slowing down, trucks are sounding their horns and people walking past are copying his dance moves.

"He is just so much fun with this incredible energy and infectious personality - when you meet him you can't help but smile."

Jack had a life changing experience at age three, when he saw Disney on Ice, and this led him to spend the next 17 years dressing up, designing his own characters and making his own costumes.

"It has just been amazing. I love it so much," Jack said.

"When I put the Pepperoni Pete costume on, I feel like dancing straight away and I just dance the whole time."

Service with a smile: Emma Scollary is a customer service team member at Woolworths in Shell Cove.

Service with a smile: Emma Scollary is a customer service team member at Woolworths in Shell Cove.

Greenacres trainer Nicole Pickett said the Kickstart Careers program provides opportunities for people with disability to develop the skills they need to be job ready.

"I enjoyed doing the courses and work experience in the SLES program [Kickstart Careers]," Emma said.

"The trainers were very helpful and kind. They taught me how to behave in the workplace and to be safe. I love my new job and I learn new things every week. My favourite days of the week are my workdays."

Emma's mum Kim added, "Emma's ability to engage with others, especially with people she meets regularly, has been apparent since she was very young. Those who meet her never forget her smile and friendly manner. These qualities were recognised by the staff and management of our local Woolworths."

Greenacres Kickstart Careers is funded under the NDIS School Leavers Employment Support program (SLES). School leavers with disability that want to become job ready or would like to engage in a Taster Program, should contact Greenacres on 4222 6200.

Jack Sharpe.

Jack Sharpe.

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