High Growth Jobs, Talented Candidates (HGJTC)

Disappointingly, labour force participation rates for people with disability haven't improved in the last 20 years[1]. In fact, according to the Australian Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2017 the figures are worsening for people with a profound or severe core activity limitation, down 6% since 2009.

High Growth Jobs Talented Candidates (HGJTC) is an innovative program that matches people with disability with employers looking for candidates to fill roles in high growth industries. It uses expert support to build employers’ confidence and capability to effectively welcome people with disability to their workforce. The model is unique as it focuses on both the employer and job seekers needs.

The program is being delivered by AND in partnership with Social Ventures Australia (SVA), and funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. It works with seven businesses employing around 57,000 staff nationally. 

In addition, five Disability Employment Service (DES) providers or disability specialist organisations are supporting the program by sourcing and preparing suitable candidates.

The program will continue until July 2017. SVA has undertaken labour market research to identify the growth industries and will conduct a final evaluation between June and September 2017 with the aim of extending the learnings from model more broadly.

The project also supports the development of AND’s new Access and Inclusion Index which will include tools and resources to assist employers build their capabilities to make their businesses accessible and inclusive to customers and employees with disability. 

How it works

HGJTC uses a demand-led brokerage model that starts with the employer to build their confidence to employ people with a disability, and works backwards to prepare and match job seekers to identified jobs. 

There are four main components:

HGJTC uses a demand-led brokerage model that starts with the employer to build their confidence to employ people with a disability, and works backwards to prepare and match job seekers to identified jobs. 

There are four main components:

  1. Engage employers by taking the time to understand their business needs and explaining how employing people with disability can align with them.  Identify suitable roles and locations to begin to hire people with disability.
  2. Equip employers with the skills to become disability confident by reviewing their recruitment practices to ensure they are accessible and helping to develop a workplace adjustment policy and procedures. AND is also providing disability confidence training to HR and recruitment teams and the site managers and supervisors where candidates are employed.
  3. Deliver job ready candidates, by working closely with the employer to understand the essential requirements of the roles. Candidates are upskilled through a short intensive pre-employment program that includes an employer site visit and information session.
  4. Review the strategy on an on-going basis with employers and service providers to ensure they are able to successfully match the right people with the right roles and support them once employed. Participating employers will also have the opportunity to assess their policies and practices using the comprehensive Access and Inclusion Index and receive a Benchmark Report.

Supporting businesses

Accor Hotels, Australian Unity, Compass Group, Fujitsu, IAG,  Life Without Barriers and Uniting.

Disability employment service providers

We’ve partnered with Aspect Capable, OCTEC, MAX Employment, the ORS Group, and Vision Australia to deliver the project.  All receive funding under the Federal Disability Employment Service contract except for Aspect Capable which has received funding from NSW Family and Community Services Department under the Employment Enablement Strategy.

Find out more

For more information, please contact us.


[1] ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2015