The University Specialist Employment Partnerships model is a scalable pilot to determine what happens when we embed a suitably qualified consultant on University campuses to work directly with graduating students with disability to find them a graduate job. USEP will build local and national partnerships around each University and employment partner. This model relies on Disability Employment Service – Employment Support Services (DES) outcome payments received post graduation to support the upfront investment of pilot partner organisations who provide a specialist consultant for USEP.
The USEP consultant’s role is to work on campus to prepare and place students into careers. They will work in partnership with University and faculty staff, peak bodies, national entities and employers to promote graduate employment opportunities for people with disability for their host University.
The model is developed so that the USEP consultant has the ability to gain valuable knowledge from the University’s graduate careers and disability support teams, communicate frequently with NDCO project leads and other pilot consultants, and share learnings with other partner organisations and their host Universities. Because of the unique nature of the client group, the USEP consultant does not provide any traditional DES servicing on campus – they are a specialist project officer embedded into Universities to serve as the critical intermediary in the transition to graduate work.
USEP will work proactively with existing national supports to ensure introductions and sharing occur regularly with the Employment and University partners and to avoid duplication of effort. This will allow an organised streamlining of resources and human resources to improve employment outcomes for graduates with disability. We encourage programs, projects, businesses, NGO’s, and others who are working in this area to engage in a discussion with us.
We are evaluating interest for future regions and welcome contact from providers and Universities to register interest or to have a conversation about USEP. At this stage there are 8 Universities utilising the model in Australia.
To hear about the first partnership and how it is working, you can read more: Griffith University – USEP Pilot