As a provider of both the specialist youth employment program "Transition to Work" and of Disability Employment Services through Orange Employment Service, along with being a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider focusing on employment, OCTEC is one of the key employment service providers in the Orange community. OCTEC believes in the power of employment to change people's lives. Meaningful employment is one of the major factors in people developing a positive sense of well-being and OCTEC encourages employers to focus on ability and giving young people and people with disability a go in the labour market.
We also work with local employers to identify suitable positions for our clients and to promote the benefits of employing someone with a disability.Pam Jackson, OCTEC Regional Manager
The Transition to Work program provides assistance to young people aged 15 to 21 years who are not in employment or education. The service provides intensive pre-employment support to improve the work readiness of young people and to help them into work including apprenticeships, traineeships or education. Orange Employment Service supports people with a disability to identify and overcome barriers to employment, find suitable vacancies, undertake cold canvassing for positions, negotiate workplace modifications where needed, and to maintain their employment when workplace or personal difficulties arise.
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OCTEC Regional Manager, Pam Jackson, said that research showed that people with a disability have a great record in employment, "Research shows that people with disability have lower absenteeism, higher retention rates and fewer WHS incidents than other members of the workforce," she said. "We also work with local employers to identify suitable positions for our clients and to promote the benefits of employing someone with a disability".
Huntley Berry Farm is a provider of supported employment for people who have specialised employment supports in their NDIS plan. The farm also provides the NDIS-funded School Leaver Employment Support program that helps young people transition from secondary school to further education or employment. The farm is a great place to work as well as a significant tourist destination and event venue.