A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Employment Buddy Program Organisations

By Rise
27 April 2023
It's not every day you get to witness the power of collaboration and the impact it can have on the lives of young adults with disability, but that’s exactly what the Employment Buddy Program (EBP) does.

This initiative, in collaboration with Essential Personnel, aims to make a real difference in the lives of young adults, aged 15-24, with disability by giving them the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience in their chosen career paths. Over the course of twelve weeks, participants attend supported, facilitated workshops before undertaking two four-hour ‘Buddy’ hosted work placements - made possible by the support and commitment of our participating organisations!
"I really enjoy being here because the people are nice. It's a very busy, but fun, place to work at. There's lots to always do, it's really cool. After doing the training I definitely feel I have a bit more confidence because I know what there is out there and know what to expect.” - Kaiden, EBP Participant

So far this year, over 20 organisations have committed to hosting work experience placements to help these young people better understand their dream career paths – and gain the skills to help them get there!

To all the participating organisations, we offer our heartfelt thank you for your incredible support and dedication to the Employment Buddy Program.

By opening your doors and providing these valuable work experience placements, you are making a tangible impact on the lives of young people with disability. You are not only helping them acquire new skills and experiences but also fostering a more inclusive and supportive community for everyone.

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Bailey Brewing Co
Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA
Danzalin Boarding Kennels & Cattery
DBI Brickwork
Dianella Primary College
Goldstar Transport
Holy Grail
LP Visuals
Mirravale Riding School
Plus Fitness
RAC Arena
Silk Contract Logistics
Van Masters

"As a Perth based business, it’s been great to give back to our local community and I would recommend other Perth businesses in every industry give the Employment Buddy program a try, it was easy to be involved and makes a real difference." - Laundon Peacock - LP Visuals Director

If you know of an organisation that would like to participate in the Employment Buddy Program, please encourage them to reach out to Ethan De Rosa at 0418 363 483 or ethan.derosa@risenetwork.com.au.

To enquire about a prospective candidate reach out to Kath Bailey​ on 0473 910 512 or kath@essentialpersonnel.org.au

[Photos above: Top Left - Will with Paul Beard (RAC Arena Head Chef) flexing his cooking skills. | Top Right - Riley with Dylan and Ty (NEXTDC Customer Service Reps) planning their day. | Bottom Left – Ryley with Jarred Russel (LP Visuals) learning about animation. | Bottom Right – Ryley Joe Firth (Rise ICT Delivery Service Lead) and Brodie Mackay (Volunteer) learning about Cyber Security.]
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