Dean’s dreams come true with NEIS

When Dean first joined the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) program in 2017 he had one clear goal – to be self-employed for the freedom to run his own business and balance his life, family and work commitments.


Delivered by our BRACE team in Port Adelaide, NEIS assists eligible job seekers who want to start a small business with training and mentoring.


Initially, Dean’s business provided mechanical maintenance and welding for large construction sites and industrial onsite maintenance. It has been quite the learning curve for Dean and his partner Julia who manages the administration of the business, but their marketing efforts are now paying dividends.


Their services have expanded over the past year to include site shutdown and mechanical breakdown call-outs and business is coming in without Dean having to chase work. As they look to the future, this dynamic duo is also looking for ways to expand their services further and save Dean some of the physical stress of mechanical maintenance.


With an influx of work, the current challenge for Dean and Julia is now planning how to complete all the jobs on offer while also planning a wedding. The two met while completing the NEIS program two years ago and are getting married this month. Congratulations!