Work First is an innovative suite of person-centred disability employment services that support individuals, families and schools to make inclusive employment possible for people with a disability. Work First is underpinned by Customised Employment and Discovery, borne out of years of research and practice evidence, along with a dab of help from our technical partners, Griffin Hammis Associates (Customised Employment Pioneers) and research partners globally. Driven by the need to improve disability employment outcomes, Work First works with individuals, families and schools to make employment and careers possible. The Work First Way supports individuals who are plan or self-managed clients of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Work First Way is a capacity-building practice framework that supports individuals looking for employment post-school and offers the Glide In transition to work program to schools, individuals, and families looking to start employment while still engaged at school.
Work First is the disability employment service of the Centre for Disability Employment Research and Practice. It is where CDERP puts theory into practice in delivering innovative services to individuals and businesses. Real Praxis is available to service providers seeking authentic person-centred employment services.
Our program is boutique and individualised, with our staff working with a small number of clients. It’s not about big caseloads; it’s about being the best to illustrate what is possible when you practice with authenticity and fidelity to the evidence for good practice. We’ll leave the empire building to the others.
Warning: Customised Employment and Discovery are about the right job, not any job. This means that they take time, so a different service system may be more appropriate if you want any job.
If you would like to use our services or refer a client, follow this link to complete our information form, and we will get back to you ASAP.