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Are you interested in improving outcomes for graduates with disability; want to connect with your local university?

Becoming a DES Partner

The University Specialist Employment Partnership (USEP) program was established in 2017 for students with disability to improve graduate employment.  Its sole purpose is to prepare graduating or recently graduated students with disability for employment or internships within their discipline area.   This is achieved through a suitably qualified disability employment consultant who is located on the university campus, working directly with students with disability and collaboratively with university services and supports.

USEP continues to build local and national partnerships with the Disability Employment Services (DES) being a pivotal partner in its success. The DES program provider is integral in this strategic partnership operating with an in-kind arrangement and payment post-graduation for investment of time and expertise.

The USEP Consultant’s role is to work on campus, establishing the USEP DES as the provider of choice for the university and it’s graduates with disability.  The USEP Consultant is required to prepare and place students into employment including internships, graduate roles or work of the student’s choosing. They work in partnership with university (careers, student and disability services) 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 to enable the USEP Consultant to gain valuable knowledge from the university’s graduate careers and disability support teams as well as shared learnings with other partner organisations and their host universities.

Due to the unique nature of the client group, the USEP Consultant does not provide any traditional DES servicing on campus – they are a specialist USEP Consultant embedded into their local university to serve as the critical intermediary in the transition to graduate work.

Inaugural partner Griffith University implemented USEP three years ago, read their success story here.  Griffith University – USEP Pilot

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