EPIC is opening 23 more offices from 1 July this year, creating more opportunities for job seekers with disability to find jobs they are proud of. This will bring the total of EPIC’s Australian offices to 71, across Queensland, NSW, ACT, Victoria and Tasmania.
EPIC CEO Bill Gamack says opening new offices will help connect job seekers with prospective employers in their local community.
“Everybody has a right to meaningful employment, but it can sometimes be tricky for people with disability to get started,” said Bill.
“That’s where we come in. Everyone deserves the opportunity to show what they are capable of.
“Work provides us with social interaction, greater financial freedom, confidence and a sense of purpose. Communities are stronger when they are made up of people who are working and feeling great about their contributions,” he said.
He believes it is EPIC’s unique point of difference which results in job placement statistics well above the national average.
“The secret to our success is the support we give people once they are in their role,” said Bill.
“We don’t leave our job seekers to sink or swim. EPIC staff work alongside the person in their workplace for as long as they need us- that could be a month, a year or longer.
“This is not the norm in our industry, and certainly sets EPIC apart from other providers,” he said.
EPIC always leads by example in their own hiring practices, which reflect their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“1 in 4 of our employees has a disability, and we believe this gives us a unique advantage in understanding the needs of our job seekers,” said Bill.
“Our organisation benefits from the different perspectives, life experiences, knowledge and skills that come from diversity.”
Mr Gamack says EPIC’s approach to finding job seekers employment is based on mutual respect and equality.
“In order to find great jobs, give and take is necessary between EPIC staff and our job seekers,” said Mr Gamack.
“We will work hard to find the right job for each person, while you will work hard to get ready for a job. It’s a partnership- we’re both working towards the same goal.”
Job seekers will be given flexibility around which activities they can do to become job-ready.
“We always treat our job seekers as individuals. Everyone has different preferences and knows what works best for them,” said Mr Gamack.
“We give our job seekers a list of activities that they can choose from that will help them reach their goals, and we will be there to support them along the way.
“It is their life, and they should always have the choice and control over what happens on their employment journey.”
The new offices will be located in:
- Goodna, QLD
- Ipswich, QLD
- Bankstown, NSW
- Campsie, NSW
- Milperra, NSW
- Baulkham Hills, NSW
- Hornsby, NSW
- Parramatta, NSW
- Camden, NSW
- Campbelltown, NSW
- Canberra, ACT
- Boronia, VIC
- Ringwood, VIC
- Rowville, VIC
- Cranbourne, VIC
- Narre Warren, VIC
- Pakenham, VIC
- Box Hill, VIC
- Dandenong, VIC
- Moorabbin, VIC
- Heidelberg, VIC
- Thomastown, VIC