This month Gladstone’s OCTEC office will celebrate 12 months of helping local job seekers, the celebration coincides with Disability Action Week. The week aims to empower people with a disability through raising awareness of disability issues and improving access and inclusion throughout the wider community.

OCTEC’s Disability Employment Service is a free service funded by the Federal Government. OCTEC specialises in assisting people and their communities to provide pathways to secure real jobs and create meaningful careers for people with an injury or health condition.

The key to success achieved by OCTEC has been tailoring training and support packages to suit individual needs and local circumstances. OCTEC’s strength lies in the organisations’ ability to tailor the support it provides depending on individual conditions and barriers that are preventing their clients from gaining employment.

Eligible jobseekers are partnered with experienced OCTEC consultants to develop career goals, produce a resume, match available jobs, discuss any training needs, organise and support the job seeker at interviews, arrange work trials and provide support after clients have started work. Whether the job seekers barrier to employment relates to a physical, mental or intellectual disability, OCTEC can tailor assistance to help.

Recently the Gladstone OCTEC team has further expanded to welcome, Maddie Robinson. Maddie brings with her two years of experience working in the industry and successfully changing people’s lives through employment.

Gladstone and Capricornia Regional Manager, Katie Connolly said OCTEC had recently expanded by opening their own permanent site in Biloela. “Now we can help our neighbours across the range,” she said. “Although we are not the only disability service provider to service Biloela, we are currently the only one to have our own site.”

People with an injury or health condition who are looking to find a job are encouraged to contact the Gladstone OCTEC Limited Office.