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Brokering employment pathways from Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISE) to the mainstream labour market

Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISE) provide supported employment opportunities to people with a disability as a transition step to employment in the mainstream labour market. In this presentation we explore how WISE can facilitate transitions to open employment for employees. We will discuss what pathways to employment look like, what role WISE play in facilitating these transitions, and the challenges in doing so. To create sustainable employment pathways WISE and employers craft job opportunities tailored to individuals. This requires both employee and employer preparation, purposeful planning and relationship building. DES are not always engaged in creating pathways to employment for this group who are currently in ADEs, however they could play an important role in this transition.


Perri Campbell

Dr Perri Campbell

Research Fellow, Centre for Social Impact (CSI), Swinburne University

Dr Perri Campbell is a youth and gender studies scholar with extensive experience working with social enterprises in Australia and North America. Perri is the author of Rethinking Young Peoples Marginalisation (Routledge, 2019) and has published widely on youth transitions and social enterprises, Australian Disability Enterprises and employment pathways. Perri leads the project: ‘Connecting Pathways to Employment with the Work Integration Social Enterprise model’ (funded by the Information Linkages and Capacity Building scheme, DSS). Her current work identifies supported employment pathways for people with a disability via the Work Integration Social Enterprise (WISE) and Ability model.


Dr Jenny Crosbie

Principal Industry Fellow, Centre for Social Impact (CSI), Swinburne University

Dr Jenny Crosbie is a Principal Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne (CSI Swinburne).

Jenny has worked to support people with disability to be included in community life for over 35 years, in a variety of research, advocacy and practice roles.
Jenny has a particular interest in understanding and addressing barriers to economic participation that young people with intellectual disability face, in particular barriers at the system level, which limit opportunities available.

Her PhD research reconceptualises thinking about economic participation for young people with intellectual disability and identifies factors that promote their inclusion in community-based economic participation roles.