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June 2011 - Neil Beissel

Work Broker Profile Feature – Neil Beissel

Hi folks.  I’m Neil Beissel and I’m a local Work Broker.

As a former professional fire-fighter, manager of industrial and recreational swimming complexes, my work and life experiences equipped me well for the Work Broker role.

I have now been with the Work and Income team for ten years helping people realise their employment goals.  I have built an appreciation of the needs of both our employer and employee clients.

I want the best for Whanganui.  Community-wise I served nine years on a local school board/PTA and I enjoy organising model railway events.

Key to a prosperous community is having more people in work and higher productivity. Being a proactive person, I find the profiling, marketing and promotion of clients’ skills to employers a hugely rewarding part of my job.  My approach is to walk alongside the job seeker or the employer to find the best matches possible.

Any employer with a vacancy, or who is thinking about growing their business, or wants to make an appointment to know more about our wage and training subsidies can ring me on Whanganui 96 58 058.

May 2011 - Jamarl Franklin

Work Broker Profile Feature – Jamarl Franklin

Hi folks.  My name is Jamarl Franklin and I am a Work Broker for Work and Income.  I have lived in Wanganui for most of my life. I worked for the Department of Justice when I left school for a period of seven years then decided I wanted to make a career change.  So I decided to try my hand at sales and worked for Leader and Watt for about six years managing the store for most of that time.    

In 2005 an opportunity arose to take on the role of a Case Manager for Work and Income. I did this for three years before moving into the role of Work Broker which is highly rewarding but not without its challenges in our current economic environment.   

As a Work Broker I have had the privilege of helping numerous people into both full-time and part-time work.  This has meant that I have worked with a large number of businesses in Wanganui to assist them to find staff. In some cases, we have arranged subsidies towards the training costs of their new employees.

I particularly enjoy being able to assist job seekers into an apprenticeship because this provides a future for both parties involved - a skills investment subsidy is often available with these apprenticeships.

I get a great deal of satisfaction helping a job seeker into employment.  As everyone will appreciate, this makes an enormous difference in that person’s life.  Satisfaction also comes from knowing that a local business has been helped to find the right person for their business and at no cost!

Job Ops is another valuable programme we offer to employers to place young people into fulltime employment. It is a $5000 dollar subsidy which could pay half the wage of a young person over the first six months.

I have recently followed up on a Job Ops placement of a young person training to be a painter’s assistant with a local company. They had a retail background but proved to be a highly successful placement in the painting industry. The employer recently advised me that the young person is a highly motivated, reliable person who takes instruction well. Plans are in place to put this young person on to an apprenticeship later in the year so he can gain a Trades Certificate as a painter.

There are more young people just waiting for an opportunity to find employment right now.  If you want to know how we can help your business with staff recruitment then give has a call it won’t cost you a cent.  

Please call now on Whanganui 96 58 058 - Connecting Business with People








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