Last week wasn’t the best week for me (see previous posts). However, it most certainly ended on a high as I was told about several apprenticeships and traineeships acquired for our jobseekers through the determined efforts of my staff.
I make a fuss about these forms of employment because they represent a solid foundation for future employment for every person that participates. They also are an indication of mu colleagues following a frequent NOVA admonition, ‘aim high’!
Past blogs have covered my opinion of subsidised employment; despite what some may believe solid studies clearly show that the use of subsidy is negatively associated with job retention and that there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that the experience of that sort of work in some way builds future employment prospects.
Subsidising the work of people with disability devalues their worth in the eyes of employers and is not reflective of the true ability and value for money that each person represents.
Before you say, ‘aren’t traineeships’ subsidised employment the only part of the role covered by subsidy is that taken out of the working week while the employee attends TAFE and there is no doubt in my mind that formal qualifications (unlike mindless subsidies) do create future career paths.
Hearing about the successful placement of several NOVA clients into such roles ensured my week ended on a high note and I thank my team for their efforts and for sharing with me.
It was a pleasure to attend the Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce and speak with employers who were keen to hear about just what skills our clients can bring. Not so long ago it was a much tougher sell but the large number of attendees I spoke to had either employed a worker through us (and some brought their employees along) or were interested to know more – times are changing for the better!
Finally I attended a benefit for Cambodia Vision; it would be difficult to imagine a more serene and caring group who made a fuss of me and a team that are clearly involved in a vital life changing work that has already benefitted more than 40,000 people! I will be looking for opportunities to promote their cause and help them succeed in the alleviation of blindness (and subsequent poverty).
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Countdown Clock Regular viewers will have noticed a countdown clock ticking away (above)
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Life Changers Required! Received yesterday:
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Best Ever II
Following from last post:
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NOVA Employment posted another 'best ever' result for the first month of 2020.
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Depressing cracked record!
A good friend will occasionally pull me up with the reminder that I have a tendency to rant, 'rave on slop jaw' if I remember correctly....
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BEST ORIGINAL PODCAST - BRANDED
Focus On Ability; Nova Employment & the Nova Entertainment Podcast Team , NOVA Entertainment
BEST ORIGINAL PODCAST - UNBRANDED
Hamish & Andy; Hamish Blake & Andy Lee, PodcastOne Australi
Taken from the web: https://www....
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