Minister celebrates milestone as first candidates start work

Tue 15 November 2016

Panel shares experiences at roundtable event.

Yesterday, The Hon John Ajaka MLC, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Ageing and Minister for Multiculturalism, attended a roundtable event to celebrate a significant milestone in the High Growth Jobs Talented Candidates (HGJTC) project as the first participants successfully secured permanent jobs.

Alongside 40 representatives from organisations supporting the initiative, Minister Ajaka, heard first-hand accounts from a successful participant, disability employment service provider and employer that clearly demonstrated the projects impact.

“It’s exciting. I never thought I’d could get a position like this. People are so welcoming and helpful. It is the best job ever,” said the newly appointed Compass Group employee.

HGJTC is an innovative program that matches people with disability with employers looking for candidates to fill roles in high growth areas.

As part of the project, the Australian Network on Disability works with employers to support managers to improve their confidence to recruit and work with people with disability.

“One of the key changes made was to the recruitment process. We learnt that to get the best from the candidates the interview needed to be informal and allow a support person to attend if needed. This simple change made a big difference,” said Toni Wren, Project Manager at the Australian Network on Disability.

According to Suzanne Colbert AM, CEO Australian Network on Disability change in large complex organisations needs expert support and can take time. “Achieving impactful and sustainable change on a large scale is the result of hard work and collaboration. It is encouraging to hear the impact this project is already having and we are grateful to those who have shared their experiences today.

HGJTC is an initiative of NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS). It is being delivered by the Australian Network on Disability. Social Ventures Australia provided the growth industry research and is undertaking the evaluation.

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