Hello everyone and welcome to our first newsletter for 2019. Our apologies for our lateness but since January we have been incredibly busy with numerous things happening around DVJS which required our full attention such as change-over of data base (you can imagine the headache!), change in management structure and recruitment of new staff…thankfully it is now business as usual!
2019 is proving to be very positive with 70 job placements achieved for our first quarter with only 1 not being suitable. We have had some amazing job offers come to our job seekers such as our first ever train driver, a program coordinator and several apprenticeships/ traineeships. It is great to see people with disability being considered for all types of employment and that it is about recognizing their ability and accepting their disability.
Disability comes in all forms…some are obvious whilst others are invisible, but when managed well present no concerns for the employer. Using myself as an example, if you were to meet me you would not think I have a disability. I look fit, I go to the gym regularly but at 54 my body is not what it used to be; diabetes & heart disease restrict me to some degree but do not restrict me from my role at DVJS which I have been fortunate to be doing for over 26 years. Technically, I would be classified as having a disability. If I was required to do heavy labouring each day, I probably wouldn’t cope but for an office environment I am well suited, and my disability is invisible.
DVJS matches the person, their disability to your job. We want to ensure that they can do the job and most importantly sustain it. DVJS offers very generous government funded subsidies to make employing a person with a disability very cost effective but we do not throw ridiculous amounts of money to employ our job seekers as we know they are capable...we want them to be valued. Our job seekers are not ‘free labour’ but valued members of our community who have similar values to everyone else. We will always strive to provide you with the most suitable person where their disability will be ‘invisible’ for you as they are ABLE to do the job.
DVJS wants to continue to be your #1 DES provider and that you consider us for all your vacancies before advertising. If we cannot fill the vacancy, we will be honest and quickly inform you. When we place someone with you, you will always receive dedicated, responsive support to ensure that you are always satisfied.
We look forward to working with you throughout 2019.
Steve Jackson - CEO
DVJS Employment Solutions
Bright Spark in The Shadows
After several years of juggling a career (working very long hours) and 2 young children, and commuting from the outer South East Suburbs to the City every day had taken its toll. Something had to give and Nikki decided that being a mum was more important and decided to look for work closer to home.
It was during this time that Nikki had a chat with Steve Jackson -DVJS CEO. Steve had mentioned that he was looking for someone to replace the existing book keeper with managing the accounts at DVJS because DVJS were opening the new Recruitment Link Arm – Labour Hire and Steve needed someone with more experience in the payroll functions and also doing two lots of books for both the Recruitment Link - Labour Hire and DVJS itself. It was initially a 3 day a week position, but soon turned into a full-time role as the Labour Hire arm had become very successful in a short period of time.
100's of Lives Changed
Bringing it back
Social Club evenings at Dandenong.
DVJS Dandenong decided it was time to organise a Social Club evening which was held back in December 2018. A number of jobseekers had identified that they would be interested in connecting with peers and their community.
With a date set in stone, the invitations were being handed to jobseekers in appointments. The excitement and buzz was flowing through the Dandenong office, with free pizza and an opportunity for a laugh being the highest selling point.
Official numbers were locked in and it was almost time for the gathering to take place. Games were prepared and we feasted on pizza while sharing stories with one another. Celebrity heads was a crowd pleaser, with plenty of laughs being had.
In March 2019, DVJS Dandenong saw its second Social club take place. Only this time, a few more familiar faces joined in on the fun. Numbers grew, along with the smiles and laughter. A very successful evening was shared.
The main goal was to connect with one another, in the hope of one day forming a friendship where social meet ups are a regular thing.
In late May, DVJS Dandenong were striving for higher numbers, more laughs and even bigger smiles for its third Social Club evening. With an Afghan restaurant booked and numbers confirmed, a delicious spread of food was presented for us. We played two truths and lie which certainly got the smiles out and about. The crowd favourite was certainly celebrity heads, with the likes of The Queen, Beyoncé and Lady gaga to name just a few.
DVJS Dandenong cannot wait to share the successful friendships formed from these wonderful evenings.
The next Social Event date is 11th July. For more information please speak to Tori or Dandenong Reception
If you are a local employer and would like to host a social event, please feel free to get in touch with Tori Dodson on 1300 DVJS DVJS (1300 385 738) or email email@example.com to discuss further.