CEO of disability employment service, Joblife Employment, Nunzia Confessore, is encouraging employers to host a job seeker with disability for one day next week.

“The Australian Government’s initiative, AccessAbility Day, is a great way to introduce people with disability to employers across the country, she said.

“The purpose of the event is to show employers the potential of employing a person with disability in their workplace,” Ms Confessore said.

“It will also give a job seeker the chance to experience a workplace environment in an area of interest to them.”

One in five people in the community live with a disability.

“This could include people recovering from surgery or illness, to people experiencing mental health issues, to individuals being hearing impaired.

“Our participants really want to work – they just need to be given a chance and be provided with appropriate support.”

Job seekers involved in AccessAbility Day usually spend the day shadowing a team member in an organisation, understanding how it works and pitching in when asked.

“It is a bit like work experience – but has an educational focus in helping business owners understand that a person with disability could be the best person for a job.

“We have people available for work with degrees, certificates and years of experience in areas like hospitality, construction and retail. All of them want to work and they would be an asset to any organisation.”

AccessAbility Day runs from 25 -29 November.