New programs, events and successes: A 2021 WISE Employment reflection
As 2021 comes to an end, we would like to extend a big thank you to our employees, customers, partners and everyone in our wider community for your on-going support. Every appointment, celebration, review, article shared or event attended makes a difference in helping us find meaningful work for our customers.
Despite navigating changing COVID-19 restrictions, WISE is proud of what we have achieved this year. Both virtually and in-person, we have hosted several events, launched new programs, created meaningful partnerships, and continued to support our customers and business partners.
Across all of our programs, we’re proud to say over 17,000 customers have found employment using WISE Employment services in 2021. We look forward to helping our customers excel and partnering with more inclusive employers in the year to come.
Keep reading to see some of our 2021 highlights.
Behind the Artist Series
As part of the WISE Art Project, we commissioned 56 artists to show what ‘employment meant to them’. In the Behind the Artist Series, we met five of these artists and learned about the inspiration and stories that helped form their masterpieces.
WISE Women Employment Program
To help combat the significant impact COVID-19 has had on women, we were excited to launch WISE Women – the employment program for women run by women. The goals of WISE Women included providing women with economic security, helping upskill women and help them change careers, and connect women to community groups, support and networks.
During the first year of operation, WISE Women has helped 118 customers find meaningful employment.
Rainbow WISE Employment Program
2021 also saw the launch of Rainbow WISE, Australia’s first inclusive employment program for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Rainbow WISE customers receive one-on-one support from a dedicated Case Manager to help identify a clear pathway to achieving their career and personal goals.
Along with helping connect customers to community groups and support networks, Rainbow WISE aims to help customers to go to work, be proud of who they are and what they do, all in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment.
Rainbow WISE has now helped 45 customers achieve just this.
To help our customers reach their professional and personal potential, we launched the WISE Wellbeing program. WISE Wellbeing uses neuroscience to help customers understand their patterns, strengths and current habits. By recognising these attributes and actioning improvements in certain areas, they have the opportunity to build skills and resilience to help them excel in life. WISE Wellbeing is available to any WISE customer who wishes to participate in the program.
International Women’s Day with Richmond FC AFLW Team
To celebrate International Women’s Day, WISE teamed up with our partner Richmond FC to host a live panel event. The theme was ‘what does gender equality mean to you? Perspectives from future female leaders’.
Sports journalist, Samantha Lane, hosted the virtual panel, talking to Richmond AFLW player Akec Makur Chuot, REAL Program Lead in the Korin Gamadji Insitute at the Richmond FC, Michelle Kerrin, and WISE Employment’s very own Grace Mackley.
The free event was hosted on Zoom and received great feedback from attendees.
WISE Fest, the three week festival of positivity and fun, brought some of Australia’s best talent directly to the living rooms of our community. Week one was Tigers Training with Richmond AFLW Captain Katie Brennan and Vice-Captain Sarah Hosking. The girls got us moving through a 30 minute workout and provided options for all fitness levels. Week two was another exercise session called Rooster-cise with Brydie Parker from our partner team the Sydney Roosters NRLW. The festival was closed for the year with a 1.5hour live concert with performances from Jimmy Barnes and Adam Thompson with David Jones!
Stay tuned for some exciting announcements in 2022 as we reach our 30th year of operation.
From everyone at WISE, have a safe holiday period.