Local organisations awarded Federal Government contract
Gforce Employment Solutions, in partnership with Encompass Community Services, has been awarded the contract to provide Disability Employment Services in Geelong and surrounding regions.
The partnership, created under the new name of EGF Solutions, commences 1 July this year.
EGF Solutions will provide services on behalf of the Federal Government, Department of Social Services.
The appointment of EGF Solutions coincides with positive changes for people seeking work under the Disability Employment Services (DES) program. The changes give participants greater provider choice and more flexible arrangements.
Rob Birch, Chief Executive Officer, Gforce, said, “We are delighted to join with Encompass to assist people of all abilities to find employment.
“Gforce’s wide expertise in employment services, combined with Encompass’s customer-focused approach, makes us ideally suited to serve the program participants in our region,”
Elaine Robb, Chief Executive Officer, Encompass Community Services, said the partnership will enable more people to be assisted, more often.
“Encompass has been assisting people with disabilities in the Geelong region since 1985 and Gforce has a similar working history. Operating a DES together means people with disabilities who are eager to get into a job will have a range of opportunities from which to choose. This is an exciting time and businesses and employers will have a skilled and task-oriented group of jobseekers from which to select their next employee. Importantly, our existing program participants can continue to work with us, ensuring they have a consistent provider who knows them best.”
Mr Birch said, “The new changes are a huge step forward for our program participants.”
EGF Solutions will also provide Disability Employment Services in the Ballarat and Warrnambool regions and in Werribee and Melbourne’s western suburbs. EGF Solutions will open new offices in each location and employee 11 new staff members.
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