Become a mentor
If your organisation is participating in the program, people within your organisation who want to make a difference can sign up to be mentors to people with disability who are looking for work.
Positive Action towards Career Engagement (PACE) mentoring program, matches up mentors who have advice and wisdom to share, with people with disability, based on location, industry, background and other factors.
Small committment, big result
In six-to-eight meetings over 16 weeks, the mentor can give advice and coaching on starting a career, writing a CV, job interview techniques, understanding how a business works and defining a career path.
This a great way for your people to gain increased disability confidence as well as leadership skills, while increasing the prospects of the jobseeker.
At the end of the program we host a closing event at which all the participants in the program can come together and share their experiences.
Ready to step up?
We’re constantly on the look out for people who want to be mentors, so why not volunteer to be a mentor?
Lendlease show how it’s done.
Host an intern
One of our most successful initiatives is our Stepping Into Internships program. Every year we ask our member base for job descriptions defining the skills they’re looking for.
We then find suitable university students with disability who are in their last or second-last year of study, and bring them together with the employers.
Everyone’s a winner
The employer then hosts the student as an intern in their winter or summer semester breaks. The employer gets practical experience of working with a person with disability, helping them build their disability confidence, while the student gets practical experience and confidence in the workplace.
A proven record of success
We’ve been bringing employers and students together like this since 2005, and our record stands for itself: our interns are more likely to be employed after they leave university than students without a disability.
See how the NSW Department of Customer Service benefits from internships.
Increase your talent pool
Many organisations unintentionally exclude people with disability from their pool of available talent, simply because they’re not making it easy to employ them.
Break down the barriers
For a person with disability, unconscious biases and barriers to entry are abound. Your organisation may be bristling with these without you being aware of it. Here are some common examples:
- your website may be inaccessible
- your staff may not have the disability confidence they need
- your recruiters may not know they need to provide a wheelchair-accessible room or an Auslan interpreter
- your job description might list a driver’s licence as an essential requirement even though it’s not actually needed for the role.
To help you find out, we do a deep dive into how you and your recruitment agencies work together. We identify and remove any unintended barriers and make it easier for people with disability to approach you as potential employer.
Small changes, big difference
Often a few small changes can make a massive difference, and open up a pool of talent that was previously denied to you.
Become a member to benefit from our recruitment process deep dive.
See how Australia Post removed unintended barriers.