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Break Thru awarded Premier’s Award for Public Service

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We’re proud to announce Break Thru has been awarded the Premier’s Award for Making NSW a Better Place to Live at the recent NSW Premier’s Awards for Public Service.

The award recognised making outstanding contributions to the environment and development of infrastructure in NSW.

We were nominated as a team with partnering organisations under the Sydney Metro Northwest Pre-employment Program – an initiative to support long term unemployed people to find jobs on major transport infrastructure projects.

Break Thru was the leading employment service on the North West Rail Link training initiative. This aimed to provide tailored training and personal development for disadvantaged people and remove stigma surrounding job seekers.

The initiative has been hugely successful with over 70% of candidates who completed the program now in employment.

Break Thru’s efforts in the initiative have been widely recognised after also being awarded the Enterprise Training Provider of the Year at the 2015 TAFE Western Sydney Student Excellence Awards.

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Winning partnership with Wellington Gungie Origin

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The Gungie Origin was established after community members identified the need to promote positivity within the Wellington community. The initiative focused on developing a relationship of trust and respect between NSW Police, Aboriginal community members, Government agencies and Disabilities Services within Wellington, NSW.

The Gungie Origin is far more than three games of footy however, with the emphasis remaining on inclusion and strong leadership within the community.

The Break Thru Wellington team was involved in every stage of the events from initial planning, to promotion, to event support and everything in between.

We’d like to congratulate the Wellington community on the overwhelming success of the Gungie Origin. We’re proud to partner with this great initiative, providing critical support to ensure greater awareness is achieved.

  Click to listen highlighted text! Break Thru Wellington has had a busy few months in preparation for this year’s Gungie Origin. With the Westhaven Maroons taking out the title at the recent decider, the event was a huge success not only for those participating in the footy games but for the community at large. The Gungie Origin was established after community members identified the need to promote positivity within the Wellington community. The initiative focused on developing a relationship of trust and respect between NSW Police, Aboriginal community members, Government agencies and Disabilities Services within Wellington, NSW. The Gungie Origin is far more than three games of footy however, with the emphasis remaining on inclusion and strong leadership within the community. The Break Thru Wellington team was involved in every stage of the events from initial planning, to promotion, to event support and everything in between. We’d like to congratulate the Wellington community on the overwhelming success of the Gungie Origin. We’re proud to partner with this great initiative, providing critical support to ensure greater awareness is achieved.

Break Thru awarded Enterprise Training Provider of the Year

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Break Thru is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Enterprise Training Provider of the Year at the recent 2015 TAFE Western Sydney Student Excellence Awards. The award was presented following our work on the North West Rail Link training initiative.

As the lead employment services provider, Break Thru partnered with TAFE Western Sydney Institute and Transport for NSW to deliver real results for our job seekers.

The partnership has so far successfully supported over 60% of job seekers from across Western Sydney into employment on the iconic North West Rail Link project and other related industries after graduating from the course.

We’d like to congratulate the Break Thru team who worked tirelessly for this success, with special mention to National Partnerships Manager Martin Petersons, Partnerships Manager Kevin Zahra, ATSI Strategy Manager Ben Leslie and Indigenous Mentor Garry Simpson who were truly committed to the success of the project. The team recognised the real opportunity this partnership provided to our job seekers in Sydney.

We’d also like to highlight the outstanding support and work of TAFE staff and the staff at Global Skills who have demonstrated the true meaning of collaboration and the success that it will afford all people.

Watch the full video here.

  Click to listen highlighted text! Break Thru is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Enterprise Training Provider of the Year at the recent 2015 TAFE Western Sydney Student Excellence Awards. The award was presented following our work on the North West Rail Link training initiative. As the lead employment services provider, Break Thru partnered with TAFE Western Sydney Institute and Transport for NSW to deliver real results for our job seekers. The partnership has so far successfully supported over 60% of job seekers from across Western Sydney into employment on the iconic North West Rail Link project and other related industries after graduating from the course. We’d like to congratulate the Break Thru team who worked tirelessly for this success, with special mention to National Partnerships Manager Martin Petersons, Partnerships Manager Kevin Zahra, ATSI Strategy Manager Ben Leslie and Indigenous Mentor Garry Simpson who were truly committed to the success of the project. The team recognised the real opportunity this partnership provided to our job seekers in Sydney. We’d also like to highlight the outstanding support and work of TAFE staff and the staff at Global Skills who have demonstrated the true meaning of collaboration and the success that it will afford all people. Watch the full video here.

Work for the Dole participants rise to deliver disaster relief

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Recent weather conditions left extensive damage in its path, particularly across the Central Coast and Hunter. In response, local councils needed fast and reliable workers to drive the disaster relief after the damage.

This was the case for the Blackbutt Reserve which was left battered after the rain. After calling off Work for the Dole activities during the two peak weather days, Community Work Experience Consultant Dave received a call at 6:30 one morning from the Reserve, pleading for Break Thru Work for the Dole participants to “come today – we got smashed”.

Dave reached out to our job seekers asking for additional assistance. Many answered the call and went above and beyond, keeping up with paid workers and delivering disaster relief to the Blackbutt Reserve.

Our job seekers repaired erosion problems, set up temporary fences, established tracks and picked up load after load of trees and branches that had fallen. Participants cleaned out the entire main car park – a huge job after the rain.

Job seekers also addressed the lagoon where it took a week to drain ready for a major planting of native sedges around the edges part of Carnley avenue revitalisation.

Our Work for the Dole participants are particularly protective of the Blackbutt Reserve after delivering extensive services to this area in the past. They didn’t want to see all of their hard work going to waste after the damaging rain.

Dave and Break Thru would like to thank our wonderful Work for the Dole participants who rose to the occasion. The local community are very appreciative of the amazing work all put in to deliver disaster relief to the Blackbutt Reserve.

  Click to listen highlighted text! Recent weather conditions left extensive damage in its path, particularly across the Central Coast and Hunter. In response, local councils needed fast and reliable workers to drive the disaster relief after the damage. This was the case for the Blackbutt Reserve which was left battered after the rain. After calling off Work for the Dole activities during the two peak weather days, Community Work Experience Consultant Dave received a call at 6:30 one morning from the Reserve, pleading for Break Thru Work for the Dole participants to “come today – we got smashed”. Dave reached out to our job seekers asking for additional assistance. Many answered the call and went above and beyond, keeping up with paid workers and delivering disaster relief to the Blackbutt Reserve. Our job seekers repaired erosion problems, set up temporary fences, established tracks and picked up load after load of trees and branches that had fallen. Participants cleaned out the entire main car park – a huge job after the rain. Job seekers also addressed the lagoon where it took a week to drain ready for a major planting of native sedges around the edges part of Carnley avenue revitalisation. Our Work for the Dole participants are particularly protective of the Blackbutt Reserve after delivering extensive services to this area in the past. They didn’t want to see all of their hard work going to waste after the damaging rain. Dave and Break Thru would like to thank our wonderful Work for the Dole participants who rose to the occasion. The local community are very appreciative of the amazing work all put in to deliver disaster relief to the Blackbutt Reserve.

Lend Lease partnership helps Indigenous job seekers

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Break Thru’s growing partnerships are providing new and exciting opportunities for our job seekers. Many are entering industries they could never have imagined. Break Thru’s partnerships are breaking down barriers for our job seekers to create sustainable futures.

Break Thru’s recent partnership with Pindarri and David Liddiard Group will provide employment support for Indigenous job seekers in the next step of their employment path. Those involved will soon begin an exciting career with international property and infrastructure group, Lend Lease.

The 12 job seekers participating in the program were recently invited to an on-site introduction. The aim of the day was to provide an overall insight into all sectors, industries and services available at Lend Lease. Break Thru staff Aaron and Zona attended the introduction to provide additional support.

The introduction began at Lend Lease Beresfield where Operations Manager Brett, HR Manager Douglas, and mining representative Ben, discussed relevant information and answered all questions.

All involved were soon en route to Liddell Power Station and Bayswater Power Station. Here job seekers experienced security check points, safety and site rules and were provided with protective work wear including hard hats, safety glasses, ear plugs and gloves.  The visits opened the eyes of the job seekers who soon realised the growing opportunities available at Lend Lease. Going 10 stories up at Bayswater Power Station really highlighted the sheer size of one location within the company.

The 12 job seekers responded from the day with overwhelming excitement. Aaron and Zona were able to answer all questions in depth along with the support of Brett, Douglas and Ben.

Participants have attended medicals and all have indicated an interest to start ASAP. A handful expressed an interest in gaining opportunities with roads, plumbing, civil and apprenticeship options – all part of the service industry at Lend Lease.

The opportunities at Lend Lease are endless. Our participants are now aware of the significant advantage they have in getting their foot in the door of the Lend Lease family. However, many of the job seekers experience extensive barriers to sustainable employment. Break Thru, Pindarri and David Liddiard Group continue to provide extensive and ongoing support to all job seekers to ensure they have the best start of their employment path.

By April, five job seekers have been confirmed to commence at the Bayswater Power Station. The remaining job seekers will begin over the coming weeks at mining or road sites.

UPDATE: the remaining seven job seekers have now commenced employment at Liddell Power Station. All participants are enjoying the work and are progressing through their training well.

  Click to listen highlighted text! Break Thru’s growing partnerships are providing new and exciting opportunities for our job seekers. Many are entering industries they could never have imagined. Break Thru’s partnerships are breaking down barriers for our job seekers to create sustainable futures. Break Thru’s recent partnership with Pindarri and David Liddiard Group will provide employment support for Indigenous job seekers in the next step of their employment path. Those involved will soon begin an exciting career with international property and infrastructure group, Lend Lease. The 12 job seekers participating in the program were recently invited to an on-site introduction. The aim of the day was to provide an overall insight into all sectors, industries and services available at Lend Lease. Break Thru staff Aaron and Zona attended the introduction to provide additional support. The introduction began at Lend Lease Beresfield where Operations Manager Brett, HR Manager Douglas, and mining representative Ben, discussed relevant information and answered all questions. All involved were soon en route to Liddell Power Station and Bayswater Power Station. Here job seekers experienced security check points, safety and site rules and were provided with protective work wear including hard hats, safety glasses, ear plugs and gloves.  The visits opened the eyes of the job seekers who soon realised the growing opportunities available at Lend Lease. Going 10 stories up at Bayswater Power Station really highlighted the sheer size of one location within the company. The 12 job seekers responded from the day with overwhelming excitement. Aaron and Zona were able to answer all questions in depth along with the support of Brett, Douglas and Ben. Participants have attended medicals and all have indicated an interest to start ASAP. A handful expressed an interest in gaining opportunities with roads, plumbing, civil and apprenticeship options – all part of the service industry at Lend Lease. The opportunities at Lend Lease are endless. Our participants are now aware of the significant advantage they have in getting their foot in the door of the Lend Lease family. However, many of the job seekers experience extensive barriers to sustainable employment. Break Thru, Pindarri and David Liddiard Group continue to provide extensive and ongoing support to all job seekers to ensure they have the best start of their employment path. By April, five job seekers have been confirmed to commence at the Bayswater Power Station. The remaining job seekers will begin over the coming weeks at mining or road sites. UPDATE: the remaining seven job seekers have now commenced employment at Liddell Power Station. All participants are enjoying the work and are progressing through their training well.

Work for the Dole success at Blackbutt Reserve

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Break Thru’s Work for the Dole activities have been hailed a success, most recently after our efforts on the Blackbutt Reserve. Newcastle City Council Coordinator, Brad West called Break Thru’s program a ‘winner’, referring to the benefits of the participants and the wider community.

Break Thru has provided Work for the Dole activities at the Blackbutt Reserve for a number of years now, hosted by the Newcastle City Council. The program stretches over a 26 week period and provides participants with a variety of complicated tasks to complete within tight time frames.

Participants are challenged by the activities, with targeted skill development in fencing, bush regeneration, concreting, carpentry, landscaping and mowing.

A recent focus for the Blackbutt Reserve was a lack of BBQ shelters for visitors in time for Easter. The Work for the Dole team delivered on the project, locating conduits and pipes ready for services, forming and pouring the slab and constructing shelters.

Break Thru’s dedicated Work Experience Consultant, David Cooper, shines with each project he leads. David provides mentoring skills and motivation to his team, with his willingness to teach reflected in the attitudes and success of his participants.

To add to their growing skill set, the Work for the Dole participants also deliver projects across Newcastle. Expanding to environmental projects, participants deliver landscape and planting components which are not only aesthetic but provide water quality and environmental improvements for the city.

Break Thru’s Work for the Dole activities develop valuable skills for job seekers to move forward into quality employment. We are proud of our successes and the significant development of our participants with many transitioning into jobs. Break Thru is dedicated to providing quality services for our hosting organisations and looks forward to delivering on future projects.

  Click to listen highlighted text! Break Thru’s Work for the Dole activities have been hailed a success, most recently after our efforts on the Blackbutt Reserve. Newcastle City Council Coordinator, Brad West called Break Thru’s program a ‘winner’, referring to the benefits of the participants and the wider community. Break Thru has provided Work for the Dole activities at the Blackbutt Reserve for a number of years now, hosted by the Newcastle City Council. The program stretches over a 26 week period and provides participants with a variety of complicated tasks to complete within tight time frames. Participants are challenged by the activities, with targeted skill development in fencing, bush regeneration, concreting, carpentry, landscaping and mowing. A recent focus for the Blackbutt Reserve was a lack of BBQ shelters for visitors in time for Easter. The Work for the Dole team delivered on the project, locating conduits and pipes ready for services, forming and pouring the slab and constructing shelters. Break Thru’s dedicated Work Experience Consultant, David Cooper, shines with each project he leads. David provides mentoring skills and motivation to his team, with his willingness to teach reflected in the attitudes and success of his participants. To add to their growing skill set, the Work for the Dole participants also deliver projects across Newcastle. Expanding to environmental projects, participants deliver landscape and planting components which are not only aesthetic but provide water quality and environmental improvements for the city. Break Thru’s Work for the Dole activities develop valuable skills for job seekers to move forward into quality employment. We are proud of our successes and the significant development of our participants with many transitioning into jobs. Break Thru is dedicated to providing quality services for our hosting organisations and looks forward to delivering on future projects.

Sunrise at Salt Ash Farm

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Break Thru General Manager of Employment Services, Simon Fairall, saw firsthand what happens at Salt Ash Farm meeting with farm owner and Mayor of Port Stephens, Bruce Mackenzie.

Mayor Mackenzie was kind enough to meet Simon at 6:50am, taking him on an extensive farm tour of Macka’s Sand & Soil.

The Mayor’s significant contribution to his constituents extends to Break Thru People Solutions where he and his son – through Macka’s Sand & Soil – employ many job seekers who need encouragement to get back into work.

Over the years, Macka’s Sand & Soil have employed 44 job seekers through Break Thru – 29 through our Disability Employment Services and another 15 through Job Services Australia.

The employer is always willing to adapt positions to suit the needs of our job seekers, carving out jobs for clients to suit disabilities and any other needs.

Break Thru is proud of the strong relationship built with Mayor Mackenzie and Macka’s Sand & Soil, and appreciates Mayor Mackenzie’s drive to support job seekers in his local area.

  Click to listen highlighted text! Break Thru General Manager of Employment Services, Simon Fairall, saw firsthand what happens at Salt Ash Farm meeting with farm owner and Mayor of Port Stephens, Bruce Mackenzie. Mayor Mackenzie was kind enough to meet Simon at 6:50am, taking him on an extensive farm tour of Macka’s Sand & Soil. The Mayor’s significant contribution to his constituents extends to Break Thru People Solutions where he and his son – through Macka’s Sand & Soil – employ many job seekers who need encouragement to get back into work. Over the years, Macka’s Sand & Soil have employed 44 job seekers through Break Thru – 29 through our Disability Employment Services and another 15 through Job Services Australia. The employer is always willing to adapt positions to suit the needs of our job seekers, carving out jobs for clients to suit disabilities and any other needs. Break Thru is proud of the strong relationship built with Mayor Mackenzie and Macka’s Sand & Soil, and appreciates Mayor Mackenzie’s drive to support job seekers in his local area.

Break Thru Dubbo supports launch of Ability Links NSW

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Break Thru Dubbo celebrated the recent launch of Ability Links NSW – a new vision to support people with disability, their families and carers.

Held at Victoria Park in Dubbo, staff worked with Gungie Origin volunteers to support Care West by cooking the BBQ and selling drinks at the launch.

This significant event was attended by 15 other providers in the Dubbo community as well as local community members.

Ability Links NSW has developed as part of the ongoing reforms of the disability services system in NSW. It provides a first point of contact to access local supports and services within the community and champions inclusiveness of all people.

Ability Links NSW Coordinators support people with disability who are aged 9 to 64 years, as well as their families and carers. ‘Linkers’ as they are otherwise known as, help participants plan for their future, build on strengths and skills, and develop networks within communities.

Linkers also work directly with local communities to educate and empower them to create an inclusive community for all people with disability.

Break Thru is proud to support Ability Links and Care West in this move towards an inclusive society for all people.

  Click to listen highlighted text! Break Thru Dubbo celebrated the recent launch of Ability Links NSW – a new vision to support people with disability, their families and carers. Held at Victoria Park in Dubbo, staff worked with Gungie Origin volunteers to support Care West by cooking the BBQ and selling drinks at the launch. This significant event was attended by 15 other providers in the Dubbo community as well as local community members. Ability Links NSW has developed as part of the ongoing reforms of the disability services system in NSW. It provides a first point of contact to access local supports and services within the community and champions inclusiveness of all people. Ability Links NSW Coordinators support people with disability who are aged 9 to 64 years, as well as their families and carers. ‘Linkers’ as they are otherwise known as, help participants plan for their future, build on strengths and skills, and develop networks within communities. Linkers also work directly with local communities to educate and empower them to create an inclusive community for all people with disability. Break Thru is proud to support Ability Links and Care West in this move towards an inclusive society for all people.

Person Centred Champions

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As part of the University of Sydney’s Centre for Disability Studies, Break Thru has selected a number of employees from our Disability and Mental Health Services teams to participate in the Person Centred Champions Program.

The industry recognised Professional Development Program will equip our Champions with the tools and education to enhance the lives of customers through Break Thru’s services.

Champions were selected based on their belief in the philosophy and willingness to lead this cultural shift within our organisation into the future.

This Break Thru funded program will run over a three month period and combines interactive group training, individual mentoring sessions and support groups to guide an understanding of the principles of the person centred philosophy.

“This has been one of the most engaging workshops that I have attended,” said one Champion. “I’m more aware of the importance of listening, the creativity that can be implemented in goal planning and the need for peer support and cohesiveness.”

Another highlighted the beginning of their journey with the Program, “I now have a clear understanding of the Person Centred Approach and the tools, resources and confidence … to make a difference not only to the individuals but to their families, carers, friends and organisations.”

Break Thru is proud to support such an innovative program and looks forward to the development of our Champions.

  Click to listen highlighted text! As part of the University of Sydney’s Centre for Disability Studies, Break Thru has selected a number of employees from our Disability and Mental Health Services teams to participate in the Person Centred Champions Program. The industry recognised Professional Development Program will equip our Champions with the tools and education to enhance the lives of customers through Break Thru’s services. Champions were selected based on their belief in the philosophy and willingness to lead this cultural shift within our organisation into the future. This Break Thru funded program will run over a three month period and combines interactive group training, individual mentoring sessions and support groups to guide an understanding of the principles of the person centred philosophy. “This has been one of the most engaging workshops that I have attended,” said one Champion. “I’m more aware of the importance of listening, the creativity that can be implemented in goal planning and the need for peer support and cohesiveness.” Another highlighted the beginning of their journey with the Program, “I now have a clear understanding of the Person Centred Approach and the tools, resources and confidence … to make a difference not only to the individuals but to their families, carers, friends and organisations.” Break Thru is proud to support such an innovative program and looks forward to the development of our Champions.

Dubbo celebrates Employ-Ability Week

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Break Thru Dubbo has led the way in raising awareness and information for local businesses to employ people with a disability. Running from March 1, ‘Employ-Ability Week’ aimed to remove the myths surrounding disability and to encourage local businesses to consider how hiring staff with a disability could work for them.

Break Thru Business Development Consultant, David, shone in his efforts to influence the conversation around disability employment. Creating the concept of ‘Employ-Ability Week’, David connected with Mark Coulton, Federal Member for Parkes and Troy Grant, Member for Dubbo, to raise the profile of disability employment.

David’s efforts in targeting local businesses came about from a recent survey of 230 employers from the Orana region in Central NSW. The survey identified 1 in 5 employers were interested in information and advice on employing and retaining a worker with a disability.

It is important to dispel the myths surrounding employing people with a disability. 1 in 6 working age Australians have some form of disability however 1 in 3 experience little to no impact on their ability to work. Mr. Grant addressed the reasons behind the myths: “This is often due to a misunderstanding of what the term disability means and a lack of awareness about the realities of people with disability being in the workforce.”

Mr. Coulton addressed Parliament on the topic and highlighted support services available. “There are employment services available to help businesses and individuals with disability employment, integrating education and training, non-vocational assistance, rehabilitation services, work experience, job search and job placement.”

Mr. Coulton commended Break Thru Dubbo for highlighting disability employment and encouraging local businesses. “… in Dubbo a local organisation is promoting ‘Employ-Ability Week’. For over 20 years Break Thru People Solutions has been helping job seekers to connect with employers, and … will be promoting the employment of individuals who have a disability.”

Break Thru is proud of the incredible efforts of David and the Dubbo team and will continue to shape the conversation surrounding disability employment. To learn how your business can benefit from employing someone with a disability, contact your local Break Thru office here.

  Click to listen highlighted text! Break Thru Dubbo has led the way in raising awareness and information for local businesses to employ people with a disability. Running from March 1, ‘Employ-Ability Week’ aimed to remove the myths surrounding disability and to encourage local businesses to consider how hiring staff with a disability could work for them. Break Thru Business Development Consultant, David, shone in his efforts to influence the conversation around disability employment. Creating the concept of ‘Employ-Ability Week’, David connected with Mark Coulton, Federal Member for Parkes and Troy Grant, Member for Dubbo, to raise the profile of disability employment. David’s efforts in targeting local businesses came about from a recent survey of 230 employers from the Orana region in Central NSW. The survey identified 1 in 5 employers were interested in information and advice on employing and retaining a worker with a disability. It is important to dispel the myths surrounding employing people with a disability. 1 in 6 working age Australians have some form of disability however 1 in 3 experience little to no impact on their ability to work. Mr. Grant addressed the reasons behind the myths: “This is often due to a misunderstanding of what the term disability means and a lack of awareness about the realities of people with disability being in the workforce.” Mr. Coulton addressed Parliament on the topic and highlighted support services available. “There are employment services available to help businesses and individuals with disability employment, integrating education and training, non-vocational assistance, rehabilitation services, work experience, job search and job placement.” Mr. Coulton commended Break Thru Dubbo for highlighting disability employment and encouraging local businesses. “… in Dubbo a local organisation is promoting ‘Employ-Ability Week’. For over 20 years Break Thru People Solutions has been helping job seekers to connect with employers, and … will be promoting the employment of individuals who have a disability.” Break Thru is proud of the incredible efforts of David and the Dubbo team and will continue to shape the conversation surrounding disability employment. To learn how your business can benefit from employing someone with a disability, contact your local Break Thru office here.