You might think that January would be a pretty slow month for us here at NOVA – people still on holidays, not much business activity... - at least, that’s what I was thinking. I am pleased to say that I couldn’t have been more wrong! The team at NOVA have already placed 8 people into work and it is only the 4th day back on the job.
In my opinion there’s a momentum building as more employers recognise the resource that’s available through the more than 2000 registrants we have, all of whom are keen to show what they can accomplish. We have people working in trades, as skilled professionals and as juniors just starting out. There are folk working full time and part time, indoors and outside, labouring and exercising considerable dexterity in the widest range of jobs.
That’s why we have continued our theme: “Focus on Ability” for 2011. We believe very strongly that what a person cannot do or a concentration on individual lack is not really in anyone’s interests – what counts is what a person can do – their abilities and their skills.
The 8 employers mentioned above have taken on new staff entirely on this basis – not because of any discount or subsidy but because in their opinion, they are going to make a quid on the person they have hired. If NOVA staff have done their job and made a good Job Match and the new worker exerts themselves to achieve success, this is exactly what will happen and why the vast majority of the people we placed into employment during 2010 are not only still in their jobs now but, based on our previous experience and statistics, likely to remain employed for the long term.
So, here’s the point for employers: give NOVA a go when you are hiring during 2011. A phone calls costs you nothing (1800656537), the worst that can happen is you increase your knowledge about what people with a disability can achieve and I make a personal guarantee: if we can’t get a good match to the positions you offer we will say so. There’s no point in us getting someone into work if they can’t or won’t make you a quid or are unhappy in their new role.
More than 700 employers took on NOVA clients in 2010 and I want to bring the same success to even more businesses this year – don’t miss out – join the thousands of satisfied business that have seen past the ‘dis ‘ through to the ability of our job seekers.
This is going to be a very exciting year with some sensational projects highlighting the achievements of our business owners and workers – stay tuned!
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