Toowoomba business, DGT Employment and Training, has embraced AccessAbility Day by hosting a job seeker with disability for two days.
The government initiative, which runs from 25 to 29 November, encourages businesses to offer a day or two of work experience to job seekers within their business.
Marsha Schwenke, General Manager, Employment and Training for DGT, said she was always looking for ways to involve the community and AccessAbility Day provided the perfect opportunity to open their doors to a job seeker with disability.
“This is all about giving someone a chance to experience first-hand how a business operates. We are excited to be involved and the team is looking forward to working with the job seeker,” she said.
Joblife Employment job seeker, Katie O’Rourke, said the two days she would be working in DGT would be a massive boost to her confidence and increase her work skills.
“Because of my barriers such as autism, anxiety and being born with a club foot I really need to work in an environment that supports me and understands my limitations,” she said.
“I can’t stand for very long and I am quite shy so it was great to have a tour prior to starting AccessAbility Day and to discuss the work experience options with Marsha.”
Katie has a Certificate III in Business Administration and hopes to be able to use her skills within the business to demonstrate how easy it is to employ a person with disability.
“My long-term goal is to work in a business admin role or in data entry.
“Joblife has been a great support in helping me get work ready – from preparing resumes, interview practice, cover letters, and work clothes. So I am really excited to start AccessAbility Day.”
Joblife Employment consultant, Mark Evans, praised DGT for their involvement.
“We really need more employers in Toowoomba like DGT who are willing to give a job seeker with disability a chance,” he said.
“With one in five Australians living with a disability, employers can really open a pool of talent by encouraging applications for vacancies from people with disability.”