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Building a productive and dedicated workforce

Building a productive and dedicated workforce

Employers who hire people with disability receive real benefits in the following ways:

  • Employees with disability have proven themselves to be equally productive, reliable, loyal and punctual, thereby minimising problems with turnover and attendance.
  • Employees with disability are generally very careful about their safety and well being and therefore are less likely to have an accident at work, thereby minimising workers compensation premiums and rehabilitation costs.
  • Employees with disability attract customers to your business from the diverse cultures within your community, especially the one in five people who have had an experience of disability or know of someone who has disability.
  • Hiring employees with disability has proven more likely to lead other employees to view you as supportive and fair, thereby improving morale, loyalty and attendance across your entire workforce.
  • Hiring employees with disability portrays an image to the community of being a reasonable, fair and good company, thereby increasing customer loyalty, sales and profits.
  • Learning to accommodate employees with disability gives you valuable insights into how to better accommodate all employees for better job performance.
  • Employing people with disability better prepares you to better cope if any of your experienced workers acquire disability or injuries during their employment, thereby reducing the costs of their return to work.
  • With support, people with different types of disability are competently working in a wide range of occupations, in positions ranging from entry level to supervisory, and in apprenticeships, traineeships and graduate programs. As they succeed, you and your staff, will feel like you are succeeding.

Assistance with training and support

Assistance with training and support

At no cost to you, you are able to use disability employment specialist to assist you with recruiting suitable employees with disability. Specialist employment services have experience in assisting employers with recruiting people with different types of disability in a wide range of industries and occupations. They can assist you to identify suitable jobs within your own company and match the right candidate for each job. This will save you the significant costs and hassles that are associated with advertising, interviewing and selecting staff.

At no cost to you, specialist employment agencies will also provide customised on-the-job training and support to your new employee. Their qualified job support specialist will help your new employee to learn to do the job properly and safely, to come up to speed in the shortest possible time and to become a valued member of your team. This free on-site training will free up your own staff to get on with other tasks that directly bring in your profits. The job support specialist will also advise and guide your own staff to develop the confidence, skills and knowledge to assist your new employee to maintain their performance. Minor issues will not be left to develop into problems. The job support specialist will continue to provide on-call support to assist with any unforeseen problems that arise while the employee remains in your company.

The Department of Education, Employment, Workplace Relations (DEEWR), or your local Centrelink office, can provide you with the details of specialist employment agencies in your area. Simply call them and let them know that you are interested in hearing more about employing a person with disability from a specialist employment service.

Apprenticeships and traineeships for employees with disability

Apprenticeships and traineeships for employees with disability

Apprenticeships and traineeships can provide an ideal learning environment and career development opportunity for many people with disability. Among the growing number of traineeships that are offered, some that are being successfully undertaken by people with disability include: automotive, business administration, building and construction, community services, food, hospitality, information technology, land care, light manufacturing, process manufacturing, office skills, retail, small business, transport, and warehousing.

Some apprenticeships that people with disability are currently successfully completing include: auto mechanic, auto panel and paint, boilermaker, bread maker, cabinet maker, chef, electrician, hairdresser, mould and core maker, optical mechanic, plasterer, plumber and horticulturalist.

Many people with disability undertaking traineeships and apprenticeships come with the support of both disability employment specialist and a group training specialist. The disability employment agency and the Group Training Organisation work together to support the trainee or apprentice, and the host employer, by:

  • Establishing that the apprentice/trainee has the commitment and basic skills to complete the course.
  • Determining which traineeship/apprenticeship best meets the skills and interests of the apprentice/trainee.
  • Locating a suitable host employer.
  • Locating a suitable Registered Training Organisation to manage the training.
  • Negotiating the Training Program Outline and clarifying the duty statement.
  • Exploring flexible training delivery and assessment options.
  • Providing the apprentice/trainee with individualised on and off-the-job training support.
  • Checking training progress and liaising with the Registered Training Organisation.
  • Identifying note takers, interpreters, assistive equipment and individualised tutorial assistance off-the-job training for the apprentice/trainee.
  • Coordinating assistive equipment, adaptations to existing equipment and modifications in the workplace.
  • Securing funding through programs such as the Disabled Australian Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy (DAAWS) to help cover wages, and any needed equipment.

There are more than 30 disability employment services operating in Western Australia. They are located all around Perth and in regional centres such as Broome, Port Hedland, Karratha, Newman, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Albany, Bridgetown, Narrogin, Northam, Busselton, Bunbury, Collie and Mandurah.

There are similar numbers of group training organisations operating in Western Australia. They are also located all around Perth and in regional centres such as Kununurra, Karratha, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Albany, Bunbury, Northam, Mandurah and Christmas Island. If you do not currently use a Group Training Organisation, you can find out more about the services offered by visiting www.gtaltd.com.au

Wage, equipment and training subsidies

Wage, equipment and training subsidies

The Commonwealth Government provides the following range of subsidies that specialist employment services can assist employers of apprentices or trainees with disability to access:

  • For incentives refer to www.apprenticeships.training.wa.gov.au.
  • Payroll tax exemptions.
  • Purchase, hire or lease of essential special or adaptive equipment.
  • Modifications to their workplace;
  • Tutorial assistance; and
  • Mentor/interpreter assistance.

WIIFM (what's in it for me?)

WIIFM (what's in it for me?)

Should you choose to take advantage of the services of a specialist employment service to recruit, train, support and monitor trainees, apprentices or graduate employees with disability, you will reduce your costs and save yourself considerable time and money by:

  • Tapping into an often overlooked workforce that has proven itself to be more reliable, loyal and safe than the general workforce.
  • Avoiding the need to advertise, shortlist and interview applicants.
  • Receiving free individualised on-the-job training and support to your new employee.
  • Freeing up your staff to get on with other jobs during the recruitment, selection and induction phase.
  • Avoiding minor issues developing into problems that consume considerable time and effort.
  • Improving your eligibility for wage, equipment and training subsidies.
  • Gaining a partnership for the duration of your new employee's employment.
  • Developing an image that builds loyalty amongst your staff.
  • Being seen as a good corporate citizen by the community of which your customers, suppliers and associates are a part.
You can also be reassured that you will be relieved of the hassles involved in:
  • Dealing with a flood of applicants, including applicants who are clearly unsuitable.
  • Undertaking necessary reference checks and police clearances.
  • Explaining to applicants who have not even been interviewed that they were unsuitable or unsuccessful.
  • Finding the training and supervision time that you would like to give to a new employee.
  • Finding out about, understanding and completing the paperwork and information required for wage, equipment and training subsidies.
  • Finding a mentor to help your new employee make a successful transition from being a student to a competent employee.

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