About the middle of February I wrote: i. "NOVA Needs You!
We are presently engaged in a very significant recruitment drive and are particularly keen to hear from folk with disability and/or sales experience to join our team of Employment Consultants - THIS IS NOT AN EASY JOB - you need to be resilient, self sacrificing and have stacks of smarts and even then we only take the best."
As a result we have been able to fill the majority of the positions on offer.
That said, we are still keen to hear from folk interested in joining us as Employment Consultants and presently have about half a dozen spots to fill.
New Government and a commitment to improve the NDIS.
Not sure this is of much use and better understanding of the capability of people who have a disability would be most welcome. Seeing employment as the first option rather than one of many options 'cos so much flows from work.
For most of us work occupies a third of our weekly lives and often more. From work comes friendships, a sense of identity, the privilege of paying tax, skills development - I'm sure you can think of many more.
It remains the case that there are no incentives and positive disincentives for Disability Employment Service (DES) providers to aim high.
Minimum working hours, minimum wages, broad use of subsidies - pretty much a comprehensive package designed to devalue the 'product' (the labour of people with disability). There's noise around the number of people entering DES programs rising with the new DES contract. Given the number of new providers promoting their services this is both to be expected and should not be seen as an improvement in the overall status of people with disability as valuable co-workers.
This is a shame and remains an indicator that, so far at least, little impact has been made on policy advisers or settings.
That's a shame because there are areas where the program could justifiably take pride. Apprenticeships and Traineeships for example.
To 'count' employers need to sign new worker up in the role of Apprentice or Trainee at the start of employment.
That's an unreal expectation and consequently many terrific examples of what IS being achieved go unrecognised.
It's time for policy makers take a hard look at what counts and what makes a real difference: hours worked, wages earned, longevity of employment, participation in trades and further study while working, because these are the things that make a difference and would increase the perceived value of people with disability as employees.
I haven't felt like writing for a while, I'm going to fix that!
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