Opening doors for over 100 students and jobseekers with disability

Fri 11 August 2017

PACE Mentees and mentors at QBE in Sydney

Mentees and mentors at the QBE completion event in Sydney.

This month, 112 students and jobseekers with disability took a step closer to achieving their career objectives through our Positive Action towards Career Engagement (PACE) Mentoring program.

We were proud to have matched these talented people with mentors from ANZ, Sydney Water, QBE, Legal Aid NSW, and the Department of Immigration across various sites in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.

The unique program is designed to mutually benefit both mentors and mentees. Managers and supervisors develop their leadership skills and disability confidence, while jobseekers gain vital workplace experience, develop skills and expand their networks.

With the unemployment rate of Australians with disability at 9.4%, compared to 4.9% of people without disability, programs like PACE are vital in helping Australia work towards equitable inclusion of people with disability in employment.

The achievements of our 112 mentee and mentor pairs from our autumn season were recognised at eight completion events across the country this month. We were delighted to have the opportunity to congratulate everyone who got involved in this season’s program, and to hear so many positive stories. Here is what some of the mentees and mentors had to say:

“I commend the PACE program as it affords the opportunity for meaningful learning for both mentors and mentees and is a great way to expand personal awareness that is beneficial to the organisation overall.”

“It was a great experience which continues to help people leaders develop enhanced communication skills, uncover unconscious bias and broaden perspectives. A truly rewarding program where you take as much away as you put in.”

“PACE is not only about giving back and sharing a skillset. It has the ability to change mindsets, behaviours alongside heightening an awareness. A great way to develop learning around delivery of a message and how it has been perceived.”

“It has been a fulfilling experience. I was well matched with my mentor, and she has helped and challenged me to complete my goals and have a greater understanding of where I am at, where I want to get.”

Visit our website to find out how you can get involved in the PACE Mentoring program.

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