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We like to share our success stories in helping employers find the right staff.  Our video and written stories are examples of the inspirational results that finding the right staff can bring about. We understand employers' needs and help them find staff from diverse backgrounds. Our services are cost-free to eligible employers and jobseekers.

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WISE Employment Mt Druitt job seeker Rex with his employer Rosemary from Sydney Gutter and Roof Restoration.

Employer finds “impeccable” team member through WISE Mt Druitt

When local employer Rosemary first met Laura from WISE Employment Mt Druitt she didn’t know much about hiring staff through an employment service. That soon changed when Rosemary went on to hire Rex, a WISE job seeker who had just the personality she was looking for. Rosemary believes that everyone should be given an equal opportunity to work and has wise words to share with other employers who might be thinking about hiring a person who has a disability. “I’d say go for it, don’t give it a second thought. “Don’t pay attention to the way people look, focus on the qualities they offer you and how they can enhance your company."

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From left to right: Daniel, Shaun and employer Jeremy from Domino's Pizza in Devonport. WISE Employment has helped Jeremy to recruit the right staff.

Domino’s Pizza franchisee says WISE Devonport always delivers

It has been a little over a year since Domino’s Pizza franchise owner, Jeremy Adams, employed two pizza delivery staff members through WISE Employment Devonport and he hasn’t looked back. After hiring Daniel, and Shaun who has a learning disability, Jeremy has gone on to hire an additional four casual drivers with help from the WISE Employment team. “I would recommend WISE’s services to other employers. If there is ever an issue I call the consultants and they help us work through it. It’s the perfect partnership”.

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Belinda Wandabwa, Manager and Director of Nursing at Baptcare Karana (left) and WISE jobseeker Selam Gebreselasse.

Award-winning employer helps disadvantaged jobseekers shine

“I met Ed and he told me about WISE Employment and what they do,” employer Belinda says. “We’re a very regulated (aged-care) industry so I have to be very picky. There are police checks and we need the right skill-set, but I thought I would give it a go and see what happens.”
With Belinda’s mentoring and ongoing support from WISE, the job seeker flourished. Belinda was so inspired and encouraged by the positive changes she saw that she eventually appointed four more job seekers through WISE Employment.

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Photo courtesy of Today Tonight.  Job seeker Robbie & employer Barry from Spirit of Bonsai with staff members of WISE and presenter of Today Tonight.

Employer support leads to job seeker becoming Australia’s first deaf bonsai apprentice

Spirit of Bonsai, Australia’s oldest Bonsai Nursery, recently added a new feather to its cap: one of its young employees has become Australia’s first deaf bonsai apprentice. Job seeker Robbie landed a job at Spirit of Bonsai Garden after taking part in a training program to build a community garden at a new housing estate in Woodville West, South Australia. With employer Barry's support, Robbie shows the “other side of disability”: the people who are dedicated, work hard and able/keen to be part of the workforce.

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Employer Karen (right) of Cataract on Paterson restaurant in Launceston believes more employers should employ people with mental illness.

Award-winning restaurant orders healthy attitude to mental health

Employer Karen's message to other businesses is not to be afraid of people who have a mental illness—“it’s ironic that people who have the flu aren’t feared!” she says. “More business owners should consider employing people who have a mental illness because, quite simply, they can do the job and do it exceptionally well.” Read on to learn how Karen made a conscious decision to create a mentally healthy workplace for her award-winning new Launceston dining venue, Cataract on Paterson.

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Employer ACC Services realises the benefits of employing people who have a mental illness.

“On time and reliable”: Employer ACC Services sets mental illness stigma in the workplace straight

ACC Services’ evolution from employer to star recruiter of people who have a mental illness shows what can be achieved when fear is overcome. “Employees who have a mental illness are reliable, says employer Ingrid, “They are always on time. Even when we change the start times, they are on time. They seem really happy to be here.” She has put the call out to other employers about her experience hiring people who have a mental illness: “Just employ them! Any successful business is about its people.”

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Employer Ecomist sees and reaps the benefits of employing people who have a mental illness.

Mental illness no barrier to success for family business Ecomist

Employer Denise hopes that education will help eradicate the stigma around mental illness—especially for employers. “If someone had a crook leg or was vision impaired we would talk about it, we would discuss their skills and limitations, but if someone has depression, we don’t talk about it. I think for some people the fact that there is no outward disability can be confronting; you can’t ‘see’ anxiety so to speak."

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WISE job seeker Ngoc (left) with employer Marco Cavasassi (right).

Finding the right staff helps boost business for Direct Plastic Design

Employer Marco Cavasassi was at his wit’s end in struggling to find the right staff when he contacted WISE Employment. He was desperately looking for reliable staff for his plastic fabrication factory in Maidstone Victoria. The WISE St Albans office talked with him about the staff frustrations he had experienced and the staff or employee skill set he needed to help make his business successful on a day-to-day basis.

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Job seeker Matthew Cocke, who has a mental illness, at work in McDonald's North Hobart as a barista.

McDonald’s franchise owners tell of positive experience hiring job seekers who have a mental illness

“I started off as a 15 year-old old flipping burgers. ...McDonald’s is where I met my wife, and we worked our way up.  We’ve always been McDonald’s people. Now we’ve been given the opportunity to start our own business and help others work their way across and up through the ranks. “Hiring staff with disability and mental illness wasn’t part of the start-up plan. But looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

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From left to right: Factory Hand Filippo Savoia and Supervisor Indi Bhatt at Surplus Recycling

Give all job seekers, including those with mental illness, a fair go: Surplus Recycling Services

Managing Director of Melbourne-based Surplus Recycling Services, Ron Robinson, includes empowerment through employment for everyone, including people with mental illness and disabilities, in his definition of social responsibility. “Our hope to guide and inspire our people to realise their potential and achieve fulfilling goals,” he says. “Everyone has the right to the dignity of employment.”

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