EPIC named as Gold Sponsor for APAC15

We are pleased to announce EPIC Employment Service Inc (EPIC) as Gold Sponsor for APAC15. 

 

EPIC is a not-for-profit organisation and has been operating for 25 years, helping people with disability to find long-term, sustainable employment.

EPIC's approach to employment is simple – it's about the job match - getting the right person for the job to meet the needs of the business.

From its humble beginnings in Brisbane in 1990, EPIC has grown to over 300 staff and now operates from almost 50 service centres.

EPIC's CEO, Bill Gamack said he was delighted to be sponsoring APAC15 which would be highlighting the challenges people with autism face in gaining employment and identifying ways to make this easier.

"EPIC is passionate about changing the lives of those who are disadvantaged or marginalised," Mr Gamack said. People should not be judged by the manifestation of their disability but by their talent. We provide hope when sometimes there is no-one else.

"Adults with autism are an underutilised workforce resource and face many barriers to successful employment. In many situations their unique skills can result in a competitive advantage for employers.

"In keeping with EPIC's history of providing innovative employment services, we have launched a new recruitment division. This team includes two people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

"They will work with jobseekers with ASD who do not wish to seek assistance or do not qualify for assistance under the Australian Government's disability employment program and will engage with them directly to find employment.

This will significantly expand the 'pool' of jobseekers EPIC is able to assist.

"EPIC has had a long association supporting people with autism and extending this to sponsoring APAC15 is a natural progression."

Jointly hosted by Autism Queensland and the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders, APAC15's program is designed for researchers, practitioners, teachers and educators, allied health professionals, support organisations, advocates, parents, families and carers, and policy makers.

For more information on exhibiting or sponsoring the event please contact Helena Medhurst, APAC15 Secretariat on 07 3200 8299,

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or visit the conference website www.apac15.org.au