Today marks the last day of work for many hundreds of disability employment workers.
It would be inappropriate for me not to mark the passing of so many of my skilled, dedicated and experienced colleagues as they depart the field of disability employment.
Thank you for your inspiration, support and encouragement and thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of so many people with disability.
Badly quoting Shakespeare, “we will not see their like again”.
While I am sure each will find new challenges and opportunities to use their rare talents the fact is that their departure leaves us poorer.
I belive that the change in focus and business share has been a disaster for people with disability.
This week I was informed rather dismissively that ‘of course you would feel that way; you’re one of those FACSIA services’.
The answer is; yes absolutely, and proud of that fact. Proud of the focus on individual need and providing person centred planning, proud of putting the needs of each jobseeker at the heart of service delivery and very proud that these values enabled and empowered disability employment services to exist in the first place and that these gave the ability to serve the most disadvantaged job seekers.
The ill-considered and poorly executed attempt to ‘improve’ the industry (a lie wrapped in politics) is seeing an unparalleled loss of skill and ability.
To those that must leave: you may not be missed by some, you most certainly will be by me and those you so loyally served.
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