Submission to the Minister for Employment Participation
THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
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1. Executive Summary
Independent research indicates that Job Network offices using ESP place 33%
more job seekers
Since ESP’s introduction, 73 out of 110 Job Network members have used ESP, an online
assessment tool that has helped them achieve real success, particularly in helping many who
have been disengaged from the workforce for sometime to re-enter the labour market. To
date, greater than 10,000 assessments have been undertaken throughout Australia.
ESP is an online skills assessment tool created as a joint initiative of the Commonwealth
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR, previously
DEWR) and ASX-listed HR outsourcing and recruitment company, Chandler Macleod.
Going forward ESP is offering a real solution for Job Network organisation to help the
remaining 456,000 unemployed back into work. If the 33% increase in placements by the
researched offices was achieved by the rest of the Job Network providers then over 150,000
more people could be placed into sustainable employment.
The issue of placing unemployed people into the workforce is obviously not this simplistic;
however it as been proven that putting someone into a job they like increases the likelihood of
This paper highlights our findings from working with the Job Network since 2005, the issues
we found, and how these could be resolved through further utilisation of ESP, in particular:
seeking to reduce the costs of welfare payments by getting more people into work
tailoring services to individual needs, providing structure and process while
maintaining a customized service that takes into account a person’s Employability
Skills and interests.
used in the preparatory phase of Job Search Training to ensure the most appropriate
and fastest path to employment by providing an accurate