atWork Australia partners with Essential Employment & Training

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atWork Australia and Essential Employment Training agreement expands Disability Employment Services offer into Wollongong, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands

WOLLONGONG – Leading national Disability Employment Services (DES) provider atWork Australia and local provider, Essential Employment Training, have entered into an agreement to deliver disability employment services in Wollongong, the Southern Ranges and Shoalhaven areas of NSW, under the atWork Australia brand.

Chris Gandy, Chair of Essential Employment Training said the provider had been actively looking for the right partner for the ongoing delivery of DES across the region.

“It has been our privilege to deliver services to people with disability in the Illawarra and Southern Ranges region for many years. We recognised we could deliver even better Disability Employment Services by partnering with atWork Australia. The agreement means the people with disability and employers we work with get all the intimate community knowledge and commitment of the Essential Employment Training team, backed with the strong foundation of a well-resourced and equally committed national company,” he said.

Essential Employment Training will continue to provide support to people with disability under the NDIS and look forward to strategically partnering with atWork Australia to provide improved disability employment services. Mr Gandy said: “We are proud of our legacy and will continue to be an active member of our community through our delivery of NDIS services.”

General Manager of atWork Australia, Michael Kolomyjec, said the agreement expanded atWork Australia’s footprint from 48 Employment Service Areas to 50, providing employment support to people with disability across 184 locations in six states.

“We are also delighted to welcome 19 talented Essential Employment Training people to the atWork Australia team. People with disability who are looking for a job will still be dealing with the same great people, in the same locations offering an excellent service.

“The Essential Employment Training team is deeply connected to their local areas and part of the community fabric. Thirty-two years of participating in the community and changing lives is a huge achievement.

“That’s why this is such a great fit for us. While we are now a large DES provider, the key to our success remains building local connections and relationships and putting our clients at the heart of what we do. Together we will support hundreds of people with disability into meaningful employment across Wollongong, Shoalhaven and the Southern Ranges.”

The agreement took effect on 16 July 2018. Services will be delivered by the same people in the same locations with no disruption to clients. In the coming weeks, the disability employment locations will be branded as atWork Australia.

About atWork Australia

atWork Australia is a leading employment services provider working with Australians across the nation. We empower job seekers, supporting them to build better working lives.

To do that, we work with people to identify their goals and aspirations, build skills and job-readiness and support them through interviews and into employment – as well as work with prospective employers to ensure their needs are met. In short, our approach is to support a person in the way that most helps them transform their life.

Our people and the employers we work with regularly win national awards for excellence, including National Employment Services Association (NESA) awards and National Disability Services (NDS) awards.

Part of the Work Health Group, we deliver services under the Disability Employment Services, jobactive, Vocational Training and Employment Centre, ParentsNext and Career Pathway Pilot for Humanitarian Entrants programs, helping thousands of people into meaningful work since 2003.

The Shack needs your support

The Shack needs your support

The Shack is a collaborative project between EET and Southern Cross Housing Nowra, which commenced late 2015 through the invaluable financial support of local businesses: Real Aussie Sheds – South Nowra, Strongbuilt Constructions – Berry, and Shoalhaven Garage & Doors – Nowra.

The Shack provides a safe and enabling place for young people (aged between 15 and 24) to develop a range of practical skills that encourage positive community collaboration and participation.

Some of the activities offered at the Shack include basic carpentry, furniture restoration and bicycle repair.

The Shack is currently looking to source small supplies including sandpaper, screws, nails, sanding blocks and small electric sanders to keep up the great work they’ve been doing for the community. If you are able to assist or know of other businesses that could support The Shack contact Garry on his mobile 0439 410 166 or via email garryf@eetgroup.com.au

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New Millennium Trophies runs the City2Surf to raise funds for Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics

New Millennium Trophies runs the City2Surf to raise funds for Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics

The annual City2Surf running event is fast approaching, and with only days left Brendan Bermingham from New Millennium Trophies has hit his target out of the water and raised a whopping $2,250 so far! Brendan, Aisha McKnight and one of our very own Essential staff members Matt Spence, have organised and readied their team to take on the 14 kilometre course all in the name of EET’s incredible event – the 9th Annual Sky’s the Limit Mini Olympics held on 27th October at Beaton Park in Wollongong.


This community event celebrates people with disabilities’ unlimited potential and enthusiasm for life, with the key messages being “have a go, enjoy and have fun”. It has been hosted by our organisation since 2008 and has proven to be a great success!


Please help us reach our $5000 goal by digging deep and supporting this remarkable local event. Donations can be made here –https://www.gofundme.com/2g96eqx7


Sharon Holz Endorsement

Chris Laraghy, our Disability Employment Service Team Leader in Warilla has received a glowing endorsement from Sharon Holz. Sharon is a service user of Essential Employment and Training and a Community Connector for Physical Disability Council of NSW.

Check it out –

I wanted to let you know what a blessing Chris Laraghy is to me.
Chris is not only a person with great people skills and empathy for others.

In the time I have been her client she has gone out of her way to encourage me on my bad days, keep me on track, transport me to work realated appointments and quite honestly Chris is outstanding in the work she does.

I know that if it was not for Chris supporting me like she does I would not be where I am today.
Quite possibly even not be able to keep working in a job I am so passionate about.

Over the years having a lived disability, I have seen many workers out in the community but never have I witnessed or felt so supported and worthwhile as I do with Chris. Her positivity is infectious.

It is clear to me that her role at Essential Employment and Training is more than just a job she has the qualities that are needed to make people with disability feel that yes they are deserving of a place not just in the employment sector but in the Community.
I m so proud to know Chris and  very much appreciate her guidance, her help and her belief in my ability to achieve.

Yours sincerely,

Sharon Holz