As part of Seniors Week 2013 in March, WorkVentures Connect IT team attended a Mini Expo in Dapto. At the event, WorkVentures promoted our low cost computers to around 200 seniors.
We were delighted to receive a certificate of appreciation from the Lord Mayor of Wollongong, which will take pride of place in our new call centre at WorkVentures' Mascot office.
WorkVentures Connect IT program has been featured in a story in the News For Seniors magazine, which is published by the Australian Government's Department of Human Services. It features the story of Cassandra Cooke, a Connect IT customer who uses a computer and the internet to live an independent life, even though she has a health condition that requires her to be on oxygen 24 hours a day.
News For Seniors magazine is published three times per year and is sent to all Australians who receive an Aged Pension, more than 2 million households. We're grateful to the office of the Minister For Human Services for their support in preparing this article.
To read the article, click here
To order the special computer offer mentioned in the article, click here
On 26 Mar 2013, WorkVentures held a graduation ceremony for the 12 graduates who completed traineeships between January-March. The event had a really positive feel, and the trainees who attended genuinely appreciated us holding the ceremony to
celebrate their achievements.
During the ceremony our CEO, Arsenio Alegre, spoke about our determination since the mid-1980's to help people develop skills so that they can find employment, not only to give them financial independence, but to build their self-worth and dignity.
As a society, one of our first tasks is to provide opportunities for our children, but despite general economic prosperity,
Australia faces ongoing challenges of youth unemployment. We hope that the skills our trainees have learnt and the experiences they've gained will be stepping stones to a great career and better lives.
CIA magazine have reported on the Joint Select Committee on Cyber Safety in Canberra this week, where the Australian Federal Police spoke about a number of initiatives they're taking to combat cybercrime.
AFP High Tech Crime Operations crime prevention team co-ordinator Dr Jenny Cartwright, who appeared before the committee, talked about the ThinkUKnow website where people could view an online version of the cyber safety presentation. Cartwright was asked by the Committee if a pamphlet about ThinkUKnow could be included when computers or tablets are purchased in Australia.
She said that it had already partnered with not-for-profit organisation WorkVentures which sells refurbished cheap laptops and computers. Included with the refurbished computers is a mouse pad that includes a ThinkUKnow information booklet.
Read the full article at: http://www.cio.com.au/article/456304/afp_takes_cyber_safety_people_/?fp=16&fpid=1
WorkVentures traineeship program has been featured in an article in the Insurance & Risk Professional Magazine, which is published by the National Insurance Brokers Association of Australia. The article discusses the challenges of employing Gen-Y staff, and explains how Milne Alexander have partnered with WorkVentures to achieve a positive solution.
On Nov 1st 2012 WorkVentures received a Highly Commended Award at the Australasian Housing Institute's national awards ceremony in Brisbane QLD. This award was in the Australasian Leading Housing Solutions Award category, in recognition of the work our Connect Centres do to assist public housing tenants in Campbelltown to realise their full potential.
Attending on the night were Ministers from the Queensland and South Australian governments along with delegates from many other governments. Accepting this award was a thrill for Connect Centres Manager, Nicole Barnes.
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Earlier this year, WorkVentures was announced as the winner of the Housing Leading Solution Award in NSW in the 2011-2012 Australian Housing Institute Awards, for our work in public housing communities in the Campbelltown area.
As a winner of the NSW Award, WorkVentures has been nominated for a national award. The National Awards for Excellence in Housing will be presented during the Australian National Housing Conference in Brisbane on Thursday, 1st November 2012