Deaf Children Australia has had an exciting month with the news that Sign for Work has received Disability Employment Services (DES) funding for another five years. We have been providing tailored employment programs to deaf, hard of hearing and hearing clients for over 20 years.
Sign for Work has been highly successful in assisting many jobseekers achieve their career goals and this further contract shows that they continue to deliver programs and services that jobseekers, employers and the government value. We will also be able to continue to provide school leavers employment supports (SLES) through the NDIS.
The other terrific news is that Sign for Work were successful in their bid to open a new office in Southport on the Gold Coast. This site will operate as a Specialist DES provider working with deaf and hard of hearing clients.
Sign for Work will soon farewell their retiring National Employment Services Manager Lisa Patience so we would like to thank Lisa for her wonderful contribution over the past year. David Wilson is our new National Employment Services Manager and he comes with many years of experience within the disability sector where he began as a Speech Pathologist. Whilst David hasn’t worked within the Deaf sector, he is excited to learn more about Deaf culture and is already learning some basic Auslan signs.
Sign for Work would also like to welcome Rachel Christy to the team. Rachel has joined Sign for Work as an Employer Relations Consultant, working to advocate for our ‘job ready’ jobseekers to find placements with suitable employers. We are very excited to have Rachel on our team.