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About Us

Our History

Since 1984 with a strong and unified team, we have provided support to thousands of Job Seekers and Employers across the greater Perth Community.

In 2018/2019 we secured 327 new jobs across our four sites.

As we begin a new decade, we are embracing the challenge to continue finding jobs and supporting Western Australians with disability.

Where our journey began…

In 1984 Dr Greg Lewis hypothesised that people with an Intellectual Disability might be better served in their quest for employment by first finding a suitable job and then directing training resources into teaching them to be productive and independent within that same workplace.

After successfully testing this theory, co-founders Sue Robertson and Dr. Lewis were inspired to devise the ‘place and train’ model to support people with disability to achieve sustainable employment in the open workforce.

After sharing this vision with others, in August 1984, Sue and Greg founded Project Employment Inc. With the support and backing of Perth Businessman, Bill Mitchell, a small Board was formed, and Project Employment Inc. commenced business offering quality employment services to people with intellectual disabilities. As they say, the rest is
history….

The three distinct phases of the original EDGE model have stood the test of time and remain a basis of our program today:

The first step is registration. A Job Seeker profile is developed based on the person's interests, aspirations and employment goals. Second step is job search where a job search specialist will work to find the right job with an Employer, at an occupation based on the Job Seekers profile. Step three is job support where a job support specialist will provide support to prepare the worksite and new worker for their employment opportunity. Support will gradually be withdrawn based on the ongoing needs of the worker and their Employer.

OUR IMPACT

Learn how Angela Barnes has benefited from working through EDGE. Since 1984, EDGE has secured 7,700 jobs in open employment.

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