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Older colleague talking to younger colleague - there are many benefits to employing mature-age workers.

Employ mature-age workers to benefit from a lifetime of work experience, plus wage subsidies

Mature-age workers can bring a wealth of valuable experience to your business. If you employ a mature age worker, you may also be eligible for financial support from the government. The Department of Employment’s Restart Program can give your business up to $10,000 (GST inc) if you employ and retain a job seeker 50 years of age or over who has been continuously unemployed and on income support for 6 months or more.

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Graphic image depicting Empowermental 2014 research by WISE Employment.

Mental illness in the workplace: ‘fear factor’ does no favours for business

Our Empowermental 2014 research explores the attitudes of 256 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Australia towards hiring disadvantaged people including those who have a mental illness. Six in ten employers (63%) who have hired someone who has a mental illness reported a positive or very positive experience, and 68% of employers who employed someone with a mental illness, still do. Yet, stigmatised views about mental illness and employment, often steeped in fear, remain relatively unchanged.

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Jim Dinuccio (left) and Paul Fraser (middle) from Clean Force accept the Social Enterprise Award of the Year Award from the Hon Mitch Fifield (right).

Clean Force wins Social Enterprise of the Year award

Clean Force Property Services, a WISE Employment social enterprise, has recently scooped the most prestigious of Australian industry accolades, the Social Traders Social Enterprise of the Year award in the large employer category. Social Traders developed the Social Enterprise Awards to recognise the impact of individual organisations contributing solutions to the community’s most difficult challenges, and to celebrate the breadth of talent and innovative thinking behind their development.


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Team members of Clean Force, who has been shortlisted in the Social Enterprise Awards, and nominated in the Northern Business Achievement Awards.

Clean Force shortlisted in 2014 Social Enterprise Awards and nominated for Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAA)

For the second consecutive year, Clean Force Property Services (Clean Force), a WISE Employment social enterprise, has been announced as a finalist for the Social Traders Social Enterprise of the Year Awards – this year in the ‘Large’ category.  The Social Enterprise Awards, an initiative by Social Traders, are the only national awards for Australian social enterprise.

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Collection of images depicting the success of WISE Stand Up for Mental Health.

WISE Stand Up for Mental Health comedians awarded Special Achievement Rotary Award for Services to Mental Health

Following their efforts of helping end mental illness stigma through comedy for change, the WISE Stand Up for Mental Health comedians were awarded the Special Achievement 'Shine On' Award for Services to Mental Health on 4 May 2014.

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Partners in Recovery will assist people who are experiencing gaps in their services provision and will help them to find the right support.

WISE Employment now delivers Partners in Recovery in Cranbourne VIC to help people with severe mental illness

WISE Employment is now a consortium member of Partners in Recovery (PIR) in South East Melbourne, part of the Federal Government-funded health reform program that provides wide-ranging support services to people with persistent and severe long-term mental illness. Partners in Recovery will assist people who are experiencing gaps in their services provision and will help them to find the right support, customised to their unique circumstances.

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The team from WISE Employment Pakenham with Graeme Moore, the Mayor of Cardinia Shire (second from left).

Pakenham job fair helps secure ‘local jobs for local people’

On Tuesday 25 March, 2014, WISE Pakenham, in partnership with CWA Employment Services, hosted its first-ever ‘local jobs for local people’ job fair to match local employers with WISE job seekers. Over 150 keen job seekers attended, along with 15 Pakenham-based businesses looking to find the right staff. Job seekers had the chance to speak to employers directly, and could apply for thirty available jobs on the day.

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Megan Powell speaks of her road to recovery made possible by the Personal Helpers and Mentors service (PHaMs).

International Women’s Day highlights the need for “Inspiring Change”

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014, with this year’s global theme being “Inspiring Change”, WISE Employment invited client graduate Megan Powell to share with staff her inspiring story of overcoming family tragedy, mental illness and self-doubt to eventually pursue a new career direction in community services.

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The Transport and Logistics training graduates, trained by St Michaels, at WISE Employment Launceston, with their training certificates.

Training partnership brings ten job seekers with disability one step closer to employment

Training collaboration between WISE Employment and St Michaels, made possible by funding from Skills Tasmania via the 2013 Skills Fund has resulted in a custom-designed Transport and Logistics training course for job seekers with disabilities. WISE Employment Launceston selected ten job seekers who would most benefit from the course and supported them to complete the six-week undertaking, with St Michaels delivering the training.

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Darrius Caulfield and NESA CEO Sally Sinclair

WISE Employment staff member wins prestigious NESA employment services award

WISE Employment's Employment Services Performance Manager, Darrius Caulfield is the recipient of the 2013 National Employment Services Association (NESA) Employment Discovery Grant. The grant recognises Darrius's commitment and skill in the Employment Services industry. Darrius will be heading to Sweden in 2014 with the CEO of NESA to a conference looking at international trends in Employment Services.

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