I should start by saying that I find the concept of fox hunting truly dreadful (I think it was Oscar Wilde who saw foxhunting as, 'the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable'), nevertheless 'tally-ho', the cry used to start the chase of a wily and clever fox is an appropriate title for this entry.
The 'fox' in our story is an elusive catch too - it's real work for real money in our community. This is the goal of every member of my staff, and every person who trusts us to job seek for them.
However, if you read the majority of the press stories about the Australian economy - its going to hell in a hand basket, there's no work and we're 'rooned'!
I've made comment on the greed of the small group who have placed us in this difficult position.
So, will work dry up?
Are we indeed 'rooned'*!
'Not yet' would seem to be the case. Things may get tougher, but right now NOVA staff continue to make excellent placements with a wide range of employers across NSW and in Queensland.
It looks like this month we will place as many people into work as we did in March 2008.
However, that doesn't mean we can be complacent. Rather NOVA staff have embarked on a range on initiatives to ensure people with disability continue to be able to access employment despite harder market conditions.
So, it's 'Tally-ho'. We have: increased our advertising, increased the number of employment staff, increased staff training, taken additional promotional opportunities including a number of prominent sponsorships and over the next 8 weeks we are launching 2 new programs that will draw attention to the resource our job seekers offer local business.
We can't talk about these right now, but stay tuned because April looks really exciting for NOVA and for our clients - both job seekers and employers.
*Just in case you were wondering:
'We'll all be rooned' said Hanrahan,
In accent most forlorn,
Outside the church 'ere Mass began,
One frosty Sunday morn
- 'Said Hanrahan' by John O'Brien from 'around the Boree log and other verses' 1921
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