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Vol 5. Summer/Autumn
PROVIDING long-term, sustainable work
for people who may be disadvantaged
in finding quality employment options
has added difficulties in today's
"The employment industry is traditionally
volatile and is impacted by the national
and international financial situation and the
incumbent government's response," said
Christine Sanger, chief executive officer of
The Personnel Group (TPG). "So, meeting
these demands over 25 years, specifically for
vulnerable jobseekers with a disability, has had
TPG provides selective matching, on-the-job
set up and training and ongoing support for
both employer and jobseeker.
"Two of the major impacts on this industry in
recent times have been the increasing number
of jobseekers presenting with a mental health
condition and the gradual decline in low-skilled
and semi-skilled employment opportunities," Ms
One in four people will experience a mental
health issue at some time in their lives. Some
people are able to recover and manage
themselves to remain in employment but for
those whose experience is more debilitating,
a phased move back into employment with
support may be necessary.
"With our selective matching, on-the-job
training and ongoing support, many jobseekers
can return to employment and with appropriate
support return to their previous employment,"
Ms Sanger said.
"Co-workers can also be valuable in
identifying when a colleague may seem to be
becoming unwell. A lot of unexplained absences
and withdrawing from the general camaraderie
of the workplace can be early indicators.
"We can provide advice in this situation if the
employee or the employer contacts us.
"Through our Jobs in Jeopardy service and
with the agreement of both parties we can
arrange a process to benefit both employee and
employer," Ms Sanger said.
TPG has also been addressing the issue of
the loss of entry level jobs for low-skilled or
semi-skilled jobseekers by setting up social
"These are viable and sustainable businesses
but they provide more leeway than another
employer might, to give employees the time
to learn and master a skill," Ms Sanger said.
"The intention is that once employees become
confident and skilled, they can move on
and take up other employment if they wish.
However, the enterprises do have capacity to
maintain those who may take a bit longer to feel
confident to move on."
Currently, TPG successfully manages four
social enterprises and is assessing several
more options. The enterprises cover their costs
independently, so employees are required to
meet real employment standards.
One successful venture has been a
partnership with Australia Post and TPG holds
four contracts across North East Victoria to
sort and deliver mail, providing employment
opportunities for 11 of its clients.
TPG was established in 1986 with
Commonwealth government funding to assist
jobseekers with an intellectual disability to
secure award wage employment. It commenced
with three staff in a small office in Albury.
Today, it provides employment assistance for
all jobseekers with a disability or a mental health
condition and has an Indigenous Employment
Program, seven National Green Jobs Corps
programs and a post-schools options program
for school leavers with a disability.
Ms Sanger has been passionately promoting
TPG's specialist service for 25 years and is
supported by a talented, experienced and
equally passionate team of 95 personnel across
seven offices in three regions -- Albury-Wodonga,
Wagga Wagga and Griffith-Deniliquin.
"To date, we've successfully assisted more
than 2,000 people to achieve their employment
goals," Ms Sanger said.
To ensure they can provide a full service
to all employers TPG also operates a private
recruitment agency - Personnel Recruitment
-- which is proving popular with employers
requiring staff for unskilled roles through to
Christine Sanger, CEO of
The Personnel Group.
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