Having opened the doors to a new office in Logan last week, EPIC Assist (EPIC) are more than OK with being ‘the new kids on the block’.
“We can tell the people of Logan and surrounds are really proud to live here; they’re a tight group,” said Amanda Jones, regional manager for EPIC’s Logan office.
“We’re really looking forward to getting to know everyone and becoming a part of this great community.”
EPIC Logan already has a large number of local people on their books, and say they are up to the challenge of improving the lives of people with disability.
“We are confident that we will help a lot of community members get a great job that they love and are passionate about,” said Amanda.
“That’s what we’re all about- taking the time to find out what kind of work each individual person is interested in, and then finding them a job which is a great fit.”
Amanda says the fact that only half of all working-age people with disability are in the labour force (employed or actively seeking employment) is unacceptable and must change.
“We know that one in five people in Australia have a disability, but so few have found employment,” said Amanda.
“We know that many people with disability want to work, and are very capable of working, but they’re not able to get their foot in the door. This is where we come in.”
Amanda says the EPIC Logan team knows what it takes to turn the stats around, and get people into the workforce.
“It’s not just about finding someone any job and throwing them into it to sink or swim. We know that’s not going to work. Instead we find them the role and then work with them on-the-job, in the actual workplace, until they are feeling like they no longer need our help,” said Amanda.
“It’s also not just about finding work straight away. We know that some people with disability have challenges around confidence and skills, so we also work with them and support them to get them to the point where they are ready for employment.”
Amanda says she has a strong and passionate team behind her that firmly believe disability should not stand in the way of a person leading a fulfilling life which includes a job they love.
“The fact that someone has a disability does not mean they don’t have something valuable and important to bring to the workforce. Everyone deserves the opportunity to show what they are capable of,” said Amanda.
“The benefits of working are well-known and documented. People underestimate people with disability, and we’re going to do everything possible to show just what they have to offer.”