Information for Employers

sneakerStepping into…is a national initiative for employers which introduces skilled and talented university students with disability to your organisation. 

Now in its eighth year, Stepping into... is a talent pipe-line that actively builds diversity and inclusion within your organisation.  Independent studies demonstraste that people with disability have a positive work attitude and work ethos. 

Managers and supervisors involved in the program are often impressed by the calibre of the students and tell us that the program inspires and influences an inclusive workplace culture. 

By being better informed about skilled and talented people with disability, you will discover there is a good business case for employing people with disability.    Also, when you engage with Stepping into... you will have us to co-ordinate the student attraction, eligibility, student and workplace briefings as well as the evaluation process. Breakthrough leadership comes through new understandings and having quality conversations and support.

Tertiary students with disability find it more difficult to secure employment opportunities.  This program provides a step into practical work experience for talented students with disability who may otherwise face significant barriers to finding employment.

How the program works

  • Stepping into... runs for a minimum of four weeks in the summer or winter semester breaks.
  • Placements are for a minimum 150 hours. These hours can be worked consecutively over four weeks, or can be worked flexibly across a semester concurrent with studies. The attendance format is negotiated between your selected student and the supervisor.
  • Stepping into... can be hosted at your head office, regional or other location that provides opportunities for a student (under guidance) to experience a range of tasks and project challenges, commensurate with their study and interests. 
  • Each candidate’s eligibility for the Stepping into... program has been verified.  AND will provide guidance on adjustments that will facilitate successful business outcomes. AND does not disclose the nature of disability of the student.

See information about our Stepping Into... winter 2014 program.

For more information, or to nominate to host a student in our next Stepping into... program:

Please contact Jenny Watts-Sampson, Stepping into... Program Manager  
Phone: 02 8270 9200
Email: jenny.watts-sampson@and.org.au