What happens when you sign up with WISE Employment Disability Employment Services?
*Update: Following Government advice on social distancing measures, WISE Employment are stopping all face to face servicing of our customers from 5pm Monday 23 March. See how we will continue to support you here.*
Have you thought about signing up for Disability Employment Services but not sure where to begin? Wondering why you should pick WISE Employment Disability Employment Services, and what is involved in the job seeking process and how WISE can help? Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect when you join us as a client of WISE Employment.
If you’re eligible for our free disability employment services (you can check your eligibility here if you’re unsure), you’ll be assigned a WISE Employment Consultant near you who will get in touch with you through whichever method you prefer.
Before starting as a client of WISE Employment you’ll have to do what’s known as an Employment Services Assessment (ESAt), conducted by a psychologist or allied health care professional at your local Centrelink office. (Note that you don’t need to be receiving government benefits via Centrelink in order to be eligible for Disability Employment Services.)
Your new Employment Consultant can come with you to provide support and encouragement, and assist you with any questions you might need help with where possible.
After signing up officially, they’ll identify your career goals, skills and strengths, to understand what you’re looking for in a job. One of the ways they can do this is by giving you a job quiz; a casual, informal way for them to get to know your skills, experience and career goals better. They can then plan the best way of finding, getting and keeping a job – one that suits your needs, education, or health.
If you’d like additional skills training, help with language and literacy, work experience or access to other employment programs and services, we can arrange support.
Your consultant can help you take part in courses like Esher House, a program informed by cutting-edge studies in psychology and human behaviour. Esher House is run ‘in house’, usually by our Employment Consultants. It focuses on building resilience and positive thinking, helping you into sustainable employment and improving your productivity and general well-being.
At the same time, WISE will begin speaking to employers on your behalf. We’ll start introducing you to employers that have roles that are perfect for your skills and interests. Hopefully before too long you’ve found a new job, and at this point it’s time to start your employment journey.
By now, you usually know your WISE Employment Consultant quite well, so feel free to ask them how they can help you navigate your first day and week in the office. After you’ve started work we will put you in touch with someone from our In Work Support (IWS) team, who will keep in touch with you and your employer. We can continue to provide support for as long as you need, whether that be a month, a year or any length of time.
We’ll provide ongoing support to ensure that you are happy and the job is going well, like staying in touch for a minimum of 1 year from when you get your job, to support you in your new role. If needed, we can also support your employer as well. We can organise extra training, workplace modifications, and special equipment to help you perform your job to the best of your ability.