AN EMPLOYMENT service for people with disabilities, will open branches in Grafton and Yamba next week.
EPIC Employment Service Inc, (EPIC), with 23 years experience in providing employment solutions, will also open a centre in Evans Head on March 4 as part of its expansion into the region.
EPIC will now provide disability employment services from 24 new locations in Northern NSW and Queensland, bringing the total number of Australian EPIC service centres to 51.
The disability employment services manager, Mark McCabe, said new service centres create more opportunities for jobseekers with disabilities to connect with employers.
"Some people have never worked before and when you are part of that life changing experience of helping them land their first job, it's really exciting. I'm looking forward to being able to create more opportunities for people with disabilities in these communities," he said.
Mr McCabe said it was the high quality services EPIC have always provided that enabled the expansion to be as successful as it was, when faced with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations rigorous standards for service providers.
"EPIC has a long history of servicing people with disabilities with a world-class professional service that is underpinned by care and kindness. Communities can be confident that EPIC will genuinely endeavour to assist jobseekers better engage in the workforce, education and training or participate more fully in broader community life," he said.
Jobseekers or employers wishing to connect with EPIC should call 1300 374 256 or visit www.epic.org.au for all their local contact information.
EPIC delivers several different employment programs to service the diverse needs of job seekers and employers. These free services are funded primarily by the Australian Government and include Job Services Australia, Employment Support Service, Disability Management Service and the EPIC Telecentre, bookkeeping service.