The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has engaged Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and the Australian Network on Disability (AND) to build the capacity of employers to employ people with disability through the High Growth Jobs,Talented Candidates (HGJTC) project.

As part of this project, an online Access and Inclusion Index will be developed and a demand-led job brokerage approach implemented in high job growth industries.

The two complementary and interlinked strategies will help to build connections between talented candidates with disability and selected NSW businesses in high growth industries.

High Growth Jobs, Talented Candidates is a demand-led approach designed to meet the needs of employers by building their disability confidence through expert training provided by AND, while at the same time helping to better prepare candidates with disability for the jobs of the future. The project will equally focus on the needs of employers and candidates, ensuring an effective job match.

The Access and Inclusion Index will include tools and resources to assist employers build their capabilities to make their businesses accessible and inclusive to customers and employees with disability. These tools and resources will be made available to all NSW businesses.

For more information on the importance of workforce inclusion for people with a disability watch the Australian Network on Disability video Access and Inclusion is Good for Business:

The HJGTC project runs from July 2015 to July 2017 and will provide valuable information to FACS as NSW transitions to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

HGJTC is currently working with eight businesses employing around 57,000 staff nationally. As of March 2016, six of eight participating employers have moved to the ‘Deliver’ phase. 56 job seekers have undergone pre-employment training and 15 people with disability have commenced and remain in jobs.

View the NSW Government’s Employment Enablement Strategy to learn more about how the initiative aims to increase employment for people with disability in NSW.

22 December 2016 update

We are delighted to share an early learnings report from the High Growth Jobs Talented Candidates project.

Case study

Teremoana, 43, from Belmore, started work in October 2016 with Compass Group. Teremoana works as a Board Room attendant at Westpac’s Kent Street headquarters – a catering contract held by Compass Group. Her job involves organising rooms for meetings and functions, drinks, morning tea, lunches, afternoon teas and attending to any needs of meeting attendees.

‘I was out of work for two years. Compass is giving me great support. Previously I tried to hide my disability but I just can’t do that anymore. This role is great. I work in four hour shifts and I can manage my condition much better,’ said Teremoana.

‘The shift work works really well for me. When I’m at work I don’t have to hide my disability, I can be myself. I never thought I’d find a permanent role like this. I have done so many other courses and got nowhere but this one has worked and I’m so pleased I did this program. It is awesome. I feel special and I feel important to be a Board Room attendant for a big bank. It is awesome stuff.’