After what has been a challenging few months for the Downs Industry Schools Co-Op the CEO and President were recently excited to share some positive news with the local community.
CEO Mike Paton said:
“For some time our organisation has been threatened by the austerity measures undertaken by both the state and federal governments and, although not out of the woods, we are pleased today to be able to announce the important signing of two new Memorandums of Understanding with two local companies which removes some of DISCO’s reliance on government funding”.
President Neil Davy stated:
“Today I’m pleased to announce that DISCO has signed up to deliver specific youth support and employment services to two local Job Service Agency partners, Max Employment and Employment Services Queensland (ESQ). These new partnerships are not only important to DISCO but to the young people we are hoping to continue to help and we look forward to collaborating with these two local JSA’s to assist their clients.”
“As many local people would be aware there has been a lot of uncertainty about how many small non-government organisations would continue with such significant cuts in funding and DISCO has not been spared this. Earlier in May, DISCO lost 74% of our annual funding and we have needed to work hard to position ourselves to be here to support local schools, parents, partner NGO’s and most importantly – young people”.
Mike Paton continued:
“The DISCO team and our board are fighters and it’s because of the passion, skill and commitment of our team that local partners like Max and ESQ recognise that we can help their clients to develop the necessary skills to get and keep a job. I thank both these organisations for their belief in our ability and look forward to helping their clients to develop the key skills to improve their chances of obtaining employment”.
For more information on these new partnerships contact CEO Mike Paton on (07) 4638 3088.