Essential Personnel shine at national NDS awards

Northam-based disability employment service Essential Personnel has been recognised for its committment to the central Wheatbelt during a national awards night last month.

The not-for-profit came runner up in the Open Employment Excellence Award 2019 at the NDS Disability At Work Summit in Adelaide on the June 21.

Essential Personnel chief executive Dawn McAleenan said the organisation was nominated by a fellow Northam business.

"Essential Personnel was nominated by The Dukes Inn in Northam for all our work supporting people with disabilities to get into employment," she said.

"The Dukes Inn have employed a number of our participants over the years."

The employment service now has offices in Cannington, Merredin, Moora, Northam, Midland and Armadale.

Ms McAleenan said she was honoured to be part of the organisation.

"To be recognized as a stand out provider of disability employment services nationally across Australia is something to be very proud of," she said.

"I would like to recognise this achievement would not be possible without the ongoing commitment of our staff, the trust of our participants and the support of our employers.

"One of such employers is The Dukes Inn and I would like to say a special thanks for the nomination and support they have given us over the years."

Essential Personnel provide assistance to 517 Individuals in their DES program, with more than 32 per cent of their own staff living with a disability.