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Australians Make a Wise Investment in Rotherham

posted 22 Jan 2010, 08:07 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 08:16 ]
Originally Posted: Monday 14th December 2009
One of Australia’s leading charities has chosen South Yorkshire as its first international base.

Sheffield and Rotherham have welcomed WISE Ability, a new charity that delivers employment services to disadvantaged job seekers in these areas.
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Front Row: Kay Sutton (WISE Ability), David Stevens (WISE Ability), Joanna Holland (Creative Sheffield)
Back Row: Tim O’Connell (RIDO), John Bateup (WISE Employment), Marc Adams (Yorkshire Forward)

WISE Ability was founded by Australian charity, WISE Employment, which operates 22 branches across Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and the Northern Territory and specialises in providing quality employment services to local job seekers and employers.

The establishment of WISE Ability in this region has created 40 jobs across South Yorkshire, nine of them already filled. Its main purpose is to serve and enrich the lives of disadvantaged job seekers in the community.
Helped by local and regional agencies Creativesheffield, Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO) and Yorkshire Forward, WISE Ability is looking forward to bringing a new employment service to the region.
John Bateup, CEO of WISE Employment, said:
“We are very excited to be launching our first offices in the UK in Sheffield and Rotherham. It has involved a lot of hard work and preparation, from our own teams here and in Australia.”
“With the support of local organisations such as Creativesheffield and RiDO, we are really looking forward to providing a quality employment service to the local communities in Sheffield and Rotherham.”

WISE Ability is working in partnership with Remploy, one of the UK’s largest providers of specialist employment services, to deliver the Government’s Flexible New Deal employment programme in South Yorkshire. The Flexible New Deal programme is designed to help people who have been receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than 12 months return to work through the provision of training, skills development and specialist support to help people overcome barriers to employment.

RiDO business development manager Tim O’Connell said:
“This is a high-quality company and it’s great news that it has chosen Sheffield and Rotherham, having been impressed by our workforce and support. It’s also further proof that South Yorkshire has what businesses from the UK and overseas are looking for.”

Joanna Holland, Investment Manager at Creativesheffield, added:
“We are thrilled that WISE Ability has chosen Sheffield in which to locate one of its two initial UK branches. This is a positive message for the city, contributing to a fantastic level of office take-up in the last quarter, creating new jobs and of course helping local people find work. Securing such an international inward investment is a credit to the city and the great qualities it offers.”