New employment program helps Uniting fill roles

Wed 12 April 2017

Diane Hudson

Diane Hudson from Faulconbridge, is Service Manager for Uniting Edinglassie Emu Plains. The residential care centre offers a full range of care and accommodation options in one location. Including self-care and ageing in place high care.

Earlier this year, Diane provided employment for two new members of staff through an innovative program called High Growth Jobs, Talented Candidates (HGJTC).

The program matches people with disability with employers looking for candidates to fill roles in high growth industries. It uses expert support, such as disability confidence training, 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.

“Our people and systems team asked if I would be interested to get involved and I was happy to give it a go. It is challenging to find good staff with some experience,” said Diane. “Especially when you are further out from the city,” she added.

Diane worked with The ORS Group to identify suitable candidates and in January two new employees started work.  

“One is working as a care service employee with permanent shifts in care and cleaning. While the other is working as a casual carer. The role involves showering, dressing, and helping residents with daily tasks including activities.”

The recruitment process was adjusted to enable the two employees to visit the site with the Assistant National Employer Account Manager from The ORS Group prior to their interview. It helped them to feel more comfortable. The ORS Group continues to stay in touch with Diane to check in on their progress.

Diane sees advantages to including people with disability in the workforce. “It makes staff more aware of the importance of communicating in different ways,” she said.

 “I’m hoping to recruit again in a couple of months and I’ll definitely touch base with The ORS Group to see if they have any more suitable candidates,” said Diane.

The HGJTC program is being delivered by Australian Network on Disability 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. Uniting is one of these businesses. In addition, five Disability Employment Service (DES) providers or disability specialist organisations are supporting the program by sourcing and preparing suitable candidates. The ORS Group is one of the providers.

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