Brisbane City Council has accepted an award at last night’s National Disability Awards in Canberra, as the 2016 Employer of the Year.
Finance and Economic Development Chairman Cr Krista Adams said Council’s DisABILITY ACTION at WORK employment program had been instrumental in Council’s recognition at the awards.
“The DisABILITY ACTION at WORK program provides a four-month traineeship to people with disabilities, helping them gain skills in a chosen field and grow their confidence in the workplace to go on to full time employment or further study,” Cr Adams said.
“The program has been extremely successful with around 80 per cent of participants securing permanent employment or further studies, as a result of the program.
“The program has run for two years and during 2015/16 achieved a 100 per cent completion rate of the participants, which is extremely high for disability-based traineeships.
“We credit the success of the program to its tailor-made focus on the trainees and how Council can work with them, rather than an organisation-centric approach.”
Now in its 10th year, the National Disability Awards recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals, businesses and local governments to improve the lives of people with disability.
The Awards are held each year in the lead up to International Day of People with Disability on 3 December.
Cr Adams said Council was honoured to be recognised by the prestigious award and would continue to expand its programs, with the aim of making Brisbane more accessible and inclusive.
“The Lord Mayor introduced the Accessible and Inclusive Brisbane Plan in 2011 and since then we have been making Brisbane a more physically accessible city as well as an inclusive community,” she said.
“Council is investing $27 million into accessibility upgrades across the city this financial year, with $4.1 million for employment programs.
“We have learnt that by being flexible and adaptable as an organisation, we can build a New World City that is inclusive, accessible for all residents.”
For more information about DisABILITY ACTION at WORK, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.