We are a leading specialist employment agency that has been assisting people with disabilities achieve their employment goals since 1991. We offer a range of programs and services with the aim to improve lives and strengthen communities.

 

Our friendly staff will work with you to build your own individually tailored Job Plan. We achieve great results through providing the right assistance to ensure that you have a successful transition to work.

 

What does this mean for your business? We can help you find your new team member - saving your business time and money. SkillsPlus has extensive experience in assisting employers to find a productive candidate the job. We can provide you with:

  • Employment Services free of charge

  • Candidates ready to work

  • An Employment Consultant or Candidate Marketing Officer to visit your workplace

  • Job matching between your requirements and the candidate’s skills

  • Job support in your workplace (if required) for you and your new employee

  • Access to work trials (subject to eligibility criteria)

  • Wage subsidies to assist with the cost of taking on a new employee (subject to eligibility criteria)

  • Free Service

    SkillsPlus provides Employment Services free of charge.

  • Candidates Ready to Work

    We ensure that our candidates are ready for work by completing pre-employment checks.

  • Understanding Your Business Needs

    An Employment Consultant or Candidate Marketing Officer can visit your workplace to gain a thorough understanding of your business needs.

  • Financial Assistance and Wages

    Employers may be eligible for wage subsidies, new apprentice initiatives and work-site modification subsidies.

  • Employer and Employee Training

    We can cover the cost of training, qualifications and licenses for industry specific positions and we ensure that our candidates are ready for work by completing pre-employment checks. Once a candidate has commenced work, we stay in regular contact with you to monitor their progress, and if required, we provide extra assistance and job support in the workplace for you and your new employee

Wage Subsidies

 

The Wage Subsidy Scheme is designed to encourage employers to provide job opportunities to people with disabilities. Wage subsides can be accessed where employment continues beyond 13 weeks subject to scheme conditions.

 

Wage Subsidies are funded by the Department of Social Services. Click on this link to find out more about Wage Subsidies.

Workplace Modifications

Funding of up to $5,000 is available for essential workplace modifications or the purchase of special or adaptive equipment that will assist people with disabilities in the workplace. The Workplace Modification Scheme is funded by the Department of Social Services.

Disabled New Apprentice Wage Support (DNAWS)

The Disabled New Apprentice Wage Support (DNAWS) program provides funding for employers and training providers to assist Apprentices and Trainees with disabilities to successfully participate in on-the-job and off-the-job training. Apprentices and Trainees with a disability can access training support such as tutoring, note taking or sign language interpreting. SkillsPlus can assist employers who are considering employing a Trainee or Apprentice with a disability.

 

Supported Wage System (SWS)

Most Australians who have a disability participate in the workforce at full award rates of pay. However where individuals are unable to obtain and/or maintain employment at full award rates due to their disability, the Supported Wage System can be utilised. The Supported Wage System provides a productivity-based wage assessment to determine pro-rata award wages.

 

The Supported Wage System has been developed in close consultation with employer, trade union and disability peak bodies, and with specialised employment agencies for people with disabilities.

 

The assessed percentage of productivity applies to the wage rate only. All conditions of employment are the same as their co-workers.

 

A payment of $1,000 may be available to assist employers, where an employee with a disability is starting work in a new job. This payment is not available if the employer is already receiving a wage subsidy.

Connections for Quality

Connections for Quality provides information about the services offered by jobactive and Disability Employment Services (DES) providers. Click here to find out more about Connections for Quality.

Case Study

SkillsPlus have established a good rapport for job placement services with Supreme Halal Foods over a period nearing two years. The connection was first made some months prior to obtaining their services, so the inclusion of their services was welcomed with relief and enthusiasm.

 

Supreme Halal Foods are located in the industrial area of Dandenong South, however, the premises is within close proximity to public transport and alternatively is accessible to surrounding areas.

 

Supreme Halal Foods employs Factory Hands and Process Workers on a part-time to full time-basis. The company trades with overseas buyers which indicates the depth and extent of production within this specialised field of sausage casings and, furthermore, Supreme Halal Foods pride themselves on being one of two sausage casings factories in Australia.

 

In the past 2 years, SkillsPlus has placed almost 20 job seekers with the company. Over this period, Supreme Halal Foods have adopted an employment philosophy of 80% attitude and 20 % skill, which was initially pitched to the company. Several of our clients have adopted and developed new skills which will further assist their endeavours to obtain sustainable employment. Several of our job seekers are currently employed at the company.

 

The owner of Supreme Halal Foods, Rashid Essop, has also endeavoured to assist SkillsPlus Disability Services with employment opportunities and several job seekers have reported that they currently enjoy employment at the company.

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