Work First Employment is an innovative suite of person-centred disability employment services underpinned by Customised Employment and Workplace Counselling delivered with fidelity to the evidence base for practice. Our approach is based on local and international evidence for best practices in disability employment and supported with the input of leaders in disability employment across the world.
Work First Employment works with individuals who are self-managed and plan managed participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Age is no barrier to accessing our services. Participants may still be in school needing support to understand their potential employment journey, about to leave school or simply have finished school and haven’t been supported to undertake a journey to employment. Our clients are as young as thirteen and well, we don’t put a limit on your age. Your age shouldn’t be a barrier that prevents you from pursuing your employment dream.
Work First Individual Employment delivers individualised supports for people with disabilities or barriers to employment to assist in finding meaningful paid employment in the community. It is based on the individual’s strengths, skills, interests, ideal conditions of employment and the business needs of the employer. True mutuality!
Discovery underpins Customised Employment, a highly individualised process that starts with the person and is always about the person. Our Discovery process starts in the home with purposeful conversations about who you are, your interests, your hobbies, your skills and your strengths. Workplace Counselling is integral to supporting individuals to prepare for employment and assist in developing the skills to self-advocate in the workplace. A necessary skill that supports long term employment and career outcomes.
Some of the fundamentals of the Work First program include zero exclusion, every person is employable, and it is our mission to find the person’s strengths and their ideal conditions of employment. The complexity of an individual does not limit their capacity for job customisation. Ultimately the outcome of everyone’s employment journey should be a higher level of self-determination, the capacity to self-advocate, and employment or a vocational pathway.
Demonstrating the job seekers skills and abilities is the primary determinant of a positive employment outcome, followed by the quality of the relationship developed by the job seeker and the potential employer. Work First focuses on delivering employment outcomes with real award wages and self-employment where Discovery reveals this to be your ideal conditions of employment.
Our Customised Employment program has four key phases:
• Discovery Stage One: Getting to Know the Person
• Discovery Stage Two: Understanding the Person and their Career
• Stage Three Job Development: Career planning, job negotiation and finding the right fit
• Stage Four Career Support: Post-Employment support & career planning
Our Workplace counsellors work with you to develop the skills and knowledge to become self-determined and goal orientated.
Each of the four phases can be customised to the individual, including the intensity or speed of delivery, the number of mental health services and training/mentoring for your support team.
Not sure if you have the right supports in your NDIS funding? We can help you get the funding supports you need to ensure that you can undertake your journey of Discovery to meaningful employment. Talk to our employment experts today.
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