August 29, 2012 - 2:39pm
Employers should ‘employ outside of the box’ when looking for staff and consider employing people with a disability.
A guide on how to do this is now available from Printing Industries along with information on government assistance programs that can provide support for employers.
The guide, Employ Outside the Box, is a joint initiative with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Printing Industries’ General Manager, Research and Development and State Manager Queensland, Neal McLary, said there was a good case for employing people with a disability if employers thought through the positive outcomes this could have for their company.
“We have an ageing population and an ongoing skills shortage in some sectors that could benefit from being able to source people from the untapped potential within the wider labour market – people with a disability,” he said.
Mr McLary said that about one in five people have some type of disability.
“Many people with disability are able to work effectively with either minimal or no additional assistance. Currently about two-thirds of disability pensioners have mild or moderate disability, yet less than 10 per cent earn any income through work.
“National Disability Services (NDS) estimates that disability employment can fill about 15 per cent of the projected shortfall in the labour force caused by the ageing of the population.”
Mr McLary said that if businesses were well informed about disability and strategic in their thinking, they could ensure a good supply of motivated and skilled staff.
“Employ outside the box identifies the untapped potential within the wider labour market and presents the case for the broader utilisation of these groups to meet our national labour supply needs and further grow our economy,” he said.
The free publications, which include case studies, can be downloaded by visiting http://printnet.com.au/employment.html or by clicking here
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