Employment Plus are here to help employers…

Here at Employment Plus, we look at employment a little differently. To us, a job is never just a job. We know that to you, it’s your future, your livelihood and a way to connect with society.

We’ve placed over half a million people in jobs in over 200,000 businesses, and we are proud to support those with a disability, injury or health condition.

Did you know? 

Hiring a person with a disability or a medical condition is not only important for society, it’s good for business. People with a disability generally take fewer days off, less sick leave and stay in jobs longer.

Looking to hire? When you work with Employment Plus, you get:

  • Employee training – We work with our candidates to ensure they are work ready. We also offer employers training and trade tickets to upskill your workers.
  • Workplace adjustments- We help with appropriate environmental adjustments, uniforms, or equipment to hit the ground running from day one.
  • Post placement support- Our job doesn’t end the day you hire – we’ll work with you and the employee to ensure placement success.

Support for Business

Dear all,

Firstly, I wanted to simply touch base. I’ve heard from many of you in our area about your experiences and challenges throughout the restrictions we’ve had in place. And I understand how tough it has been. I’ve said it before, but it’s worthwhile touching on that it’s been incredibly heartbreaking to have to say to businesses to pause in many instances, having a significant impact on so many.

I wanted to pass on details of the latest State Gov Business Support Package:

Business Resilience Package

Recently the Victorian Government announced a $3 billion package as a suite of measures to assist businesses impacted by the restrictions and to help businesses adapt to the COVID-Normal that we are working towards. This is the largest ever support package delivered to businesses in Victoria – because it needs to be.

Includes: 3rd Round BSF, Sole Trader Support Fund, Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund, Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package, Well-being and Mental Health Support, Business Adaption Grants among other assistance

Subscribe to Business Victoria’s newsletter to get updates on any of these – https://www.business.vic.gov.au/subscribe-to-newsletters

Applications now open – Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring

Last week, the Victorian Government joined with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in launching a new business mentoring initiative to help small business owners navigate the challenges posed by coronavirus.

Applications are open now on the VCCI website.

Through the $10 million program, eligible business owners can receive up to four 2-hour mentoring sessions with an experienced professional who will help them make informed decisions about the future of their business.

The program offers tailored guidance on:

  • Business recovery – to strengthen business recovery (cost reduction, debt and cashflow management)
  • Market transformation – to understand how coronavirus (COVID-19) has triggered or accelerated market changes
  • Digital literacy and engagement – to help businesses reach new customers and markets
  • Market and supply chain diversification – to reduce exposure to supply chain risks
  • Reskilling and retraining – to help businesses upskill their existing workforce

    Go to the Bus Vic Website for this and more on supports available.

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Victorian Major Projects Pipeline

The Victorian Major Projects Pipeline has been designed to make it easier for businesses, suppliers and contractors to contribute to the major projects that will transform the state over the next decade and beyond.

Search for projects using relevant filters or toggle between the List and Timeline to view projects by estimated value, region, project type and relevant delivery agency. This site will also be updated quarterly as new major projects are announced and budgeted.

Business Support Fund – expansion for Melbourne & Mitchell Shire businesses

SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS: Funding of $5,000 per eligible business is available from the Vic Gov to help small businesses survive the impacts of coronavirus and keep people in work.

Businesses within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire that are affected by the return to Stay at Home restrictions may be eligible for a one-off, $5,000 grant under the Business Support Fund – Expansion program.

Businesses that have received funding from other components of the Victorian Government’s Economic Survival Package are eligible to apply for this program.

Applications for the program close on 19 August 2020.

This program is in addition to the first round of the Business Support Fund, which closed on 1 June 2020.

To check if you’re eligible and for more info go here: https://bit.ly/2VidCJu

More Survival Support For Victorian Businesses

The Victorian Government will provide more support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Government has announced a $534 million Business Support Package – the latest support measures on top of the $6 billion in economic relief already invested since the pandemic began.

The latest measures include cash grants for struggling businesses, mental health support for business owners, relief for tourism operators who can no longer welcome Melbourne-based visitors for holidays, and tailored and targeted advice for businesses to adapt, stay afloat and then bounce back on the other side.

The reinstatement of restrictions across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire is necessary to slow the spread of the virus, but we know the impact on businesses and their staff is significant.

For more you can go the Business Victoria site – link below

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Successful pivoting efforts from businesses in Melbourne’s East

Combined Building Maintenance from Boronia, typically focussed on mould removal & remediation as their service offering. As part of the remediation, an antimicrobial fog is implemented on the affected areas to ensure surfaces remain germ free for an extended period of time. During the COVID-19 outbreak , it was noted the long periods of time that the virus remained on a plastic or steel surface. Their next step: introducing “Environment Fogging”, a non-volatile solution to creating lower risk of transmission in office, community, & domestic spaces. The treatment that is applied as a fog is called Healthguard AMIC & leaves  soft / hard surfaces with a germ-Prospect / 7 free residue for an extended length of time. Many businesses & venues have so far utilised this new service, such as Zimmerman Industries (Lilydale), Knox City Football Club and Mooroolbark Soccer Club. Combined Building Maintenance highlighted that cleaning techniques are not stagnant & can adapt to new challenges as they arise.
Find out more about ICN Gateway & to join a platform helping Australian business grow – https://gateway.icn.org.au/

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Dusty Barrel’s Eye on Community

When the ATO rang early April asking if fledgling craft distillery, Dusty Barrel had capacity to produce hand sanitiser, Nick and Michelle Hope didn’t take too long to think it over before saying yes. This small business located in Macclesfield, is founded on a sense of community & here was an opportunity to contribute when needed most. “We got into it pretty quickly for two reasons, healthcare and other essential services needed the product, but we also saw an opportunity to cultivate community relationships and get our brand noticed,”. It wasn’t an easy operation but with help from the ATO, Yarra Ranges Council and other local businesses, Nick was able to produce Dusty Barrel Distillery Hand Sanitiser and secure contracts with local schools & businesses, also available online. Dusty Barrel aims to produce unique handcrafted spirits from locally sourced fruit and grains. Nick is confident that the connections made through this unexpected side venture can only benefit them in the long run. “By buying and employing locally, we will reduce our carbon footprint and support the local community for the long term,” said Nick

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Industry Capability Network “The Victorian Prospect – June 2020”

Industry Capability Network “The Victorian Prospect – June 2020”

It is great to see the following local business stories featured in this Special Edition – Industry Response to COVID-19

Combined Building Maintenance – Boronia

Signex – Bayswater

Dusty Barrell – Macclesfield

Four Pillars Gin – Healesville

Koala – Bayswater

ANCA – Bayswater

This edition is a great read, enjoy.

To find out more about ICNGateway & to join the networking platform that’s helping Australian business grow go to https://gateway.icn.org.au/

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Tell us how your business is coping during the COVID-19 pandemic

It has been a challenging few months for businesses, based off the chats our Economic Development team have had with local businesses throughout the State of Emergency Period. We would now like to get a sense of how you’re feeling before further restrictions are lifted. Please take six minutes to complete this survey, we’d love to hear from you.

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