The employment outcomes for people with disability in Australia are exceedingly poor, as many independent measures demonstrate. This perpetually poor performance has a severe impact on people with disability and the lives they are able to live, with high rates of poverty being just one example. Their high rates of unemployment and low workforce participation create significant social and economic costs for Australia as a whole.
This innovative project is the first of its kind in WA. This project focuses on finding opportunities within the community that connect an individual to employment, based on their interests and skill sets. Inclusion Solutions and Rotary Clubs around WA identify local businesses that can offer valued roles to individuals in a mutually beneficial relationship between employee and employer. Through this project, we are employing a genuine strength-based approach to address a long-standing and pivotal issue for people living with a disability – that of meaningful employment.
Meaningful employment is essential not only to an individual’s economic security but also their physical and mental health, personal well being and sense of identity.
Shut Out Report, 2016
Traditionally, when a person with a disability seeks for employment, they will need to approach a Disability Employment Service (DES) Provider. The DES Provider will then find employment for the client. The minimum requirement for people with disabilities is that they must be willing and able to work at least 8 hours a week. With the Rotary Employment Project, businesses will be flexible with their hours, accommodating the needs of the person with disability.
This project gives the person with a disability choice and control based on their capacity to engage in meaningful employment. The Rotary Employment Partnership Project also up skills, equips, and builds the capacity of employers to ensure equal, fair, and inclusive treatment of all people with disabilities in their employment.
What can you do?
- Connect with us and book in for us to present to your club
- Become a partner club and nominate a Rotary member in your club to drive the project
- Speak with business owners to find meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities
- Meet with us to identify potential opportunities within your business
- Get in touch with us or have your service provider contact us
- Complete a profile of yourself and send it to us for businesses to find connections