When Jennifer first arrived in Australia her English skills were non-existent, her work options limited and her future uncertain. With the help of the Interskills Training team and the SEE program, Jennifer is now on the right track with a job she loves and a bright future. “Interskills changed my life. It is full of friendly and helpful people who understood me and were supportive. Thanks to them I have a very nice job after only one year of training – I feel very lucky,” said Jennifer.
Nicole Findlay, WISE Employment’s Senior Project Officer, Indigenous Pathways, was announced as the winner of the inaugural Excellence in Indigenous Employment Award at the prestigious NESA National Employment Awards for Excellence, now in their 12th year, at a gala dinner in Melbourne on 1 August. For almost 20 years, Nicole has worked alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the country, creating programmes, policies and projects to boost employment. She co-founded, and for the past eight years has coordinated, the widely acclaimed Northern Indigenous Employment (NIE) partnership in inner north Melbourne. There are now 47 NIE-partner businesses that operate best practice Aboriginal employment strategies thanks to Nicole’s dedication. Nicole has just completed a successful pilot of a suite of specific strategies she developed to increase employment rates for Indigenous people throughout Victoria. WISE Employment is now rolling out Nicole’s initiative across their Northern Territory sites.
In this month’s national disability employment campaign, including radio in Melbourne, social media and upcoming disability open days across New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, we are reaching out to people who have a disability to register their interest as a WISE job seeker.
WISE Employment’s job fairs in Palmerston NT, Dandenong VIC, Parramatta NSW and Liverpool NSW during September and October 2015 have again brought together employers and job seekers to create more jobs for locals. Thank you to all employers and job seekers who attended our job fairs in 2015 and helped make successful employer-employee matches possible.
Following the rollout of the Australian Government’s new jobactive employment program on 1 July 2015, WISE Employment has 11 more office locations in VIC, NSW and NT. WISE now offers the new jobactive employment program at a total number of 27 locations in Australia, including 24 main WISE offices and 3 outreach/part-time offices.
As the lead partner of the Northern Indigenous Employment (NIE) working group, WISE Employment brought together a strong crowd of 140 employers, students, job seekers and representatives from community, government, health, employment, training and educational organisations to discuss 'Getting on with business, employing Indigenous people’ during its Reconciliation Week event on 2 June 2015. Key themes for the day were Aboriginal recruitment and training success stories and the importance of culture in retention and safety in the workplace.
WISE Employment is registered to provide National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports to people aged 15-24 via its offices in Devonport, Hobart and Launceston, who all also offer employment assistance to people who have a disability. We welcome the opportunity to deliver additional services and support over and above employment to people with disability, including social assistance in daily activities, community engagement, and public transport training.
If you have been out of work for a day, a month or even years and have a disability, WISE Employment can help you find meaningful work. In this month’s national radio campaign WISE Employment is reaching out to people with a disability to contact us for assistance in gaining employment – all you need to do is register as a WISE job seeker.
WISE Employment may be able to assist your staff who could be at risk of losing their job due to an illness, injury or disability through the cost-free Job in Jeopardy Assistance Program. The program can help your staff who are ill, injured or have a disability to remain in work. The service is free for employees and employers as it’s funded by the Federal Government’s Disability Employment Services (DES) program, and accessed through WISE Employment.
WISE Employment and Interwork have merged, expanding the reach of employment services to the most disadvantaged people across Australia, including people who have a disability. With 20 sites in Adelaide, regional South Australia and western Victoria, not-for-profit employment services provider Interwork will complement WISE Employment’s 60 sites in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.