Employing people with disability

Employing people with disability - employee Terry Weatherby

Looking for a mature aged and reliable worker for a position in their warehouse, Norman Brothers Haulage in Port Macquarie, NSW approached a Disability Employment Services (DES) provider.

The provider suggested Terry Weatherby, who wanted to get back to work following operations and extended treatment for bowel cancer that means he now lives with a colostomy bag.

Terry got the job.

“During his interview we knew that Terry would be a good fit for our business,” warehouse manager Jason Bradshaw said.

“He came across as keen and genuine and we could see that he wanted to work.

”The DES provider put Terry through a forklift training course to help him with the new job.

DES providers have a diverse role in helping place people with disability in work. They assist in training people with disability in work skills and provide ongoing support to help people with disability be productive and valuable members of staff once they get a job.

They provide advice and support for employers, educating them about the benefits of employing someone with a disability and helping them find the right person for the right job.

Research shows that people with disability work hard and perform well. Many bring a fresh perspective to the workplace. Their absentee rates are lower and they have a positive impact on their teams.

“As employers we need to look at what people can do, not what they can’t do,” Jason said.

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