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Forrest Personnel Partners with Wheatbelt Shire for Diversity, Access and Inclusion Focus

Forrest Personnel is delighted to work in partnership with the Shire of Pingelly to increase awareness around diversity, access and inclusion.

This week (22.11.19) the Shire of Pingelly was the FIRST local government in regional WA to participate in Forrest Personnel’s WorkABILITY Connect program with an interactive presentation and discussion.  To find out more visit:  WorkABILITY Connect  

“We think it’s a ‘first’ that all staff employed by the shire will come together this week as a group to discuss this important topic,” said Shire of Pingelly Chief Executive Officer, Julie Burton.  “Regardless of whether you’re in a capital city or the wheatbelt, it’s important because we know that disability affects 1 in 5 Australians.  We also know that as our workforce ages, more of us develop health conditions.  We know we need to create workplaces that support everyone.

The Shire has a role to play in fostering that awareness, both in our own workforce and throughout our community.”  She said.

This exciting collaboration came about as the Shire has been successful in securing a Lighthouse Project grant.  These grants encourage local governments to establish projects which increase disability awareness and confidence and promote the employment of people with disability.

Forrest Personnel Chief Executive Officer, Anna Bagshaw commented, “We too are excited about this collaboration.  We have also been successful in securing an Information, Linkages and Capacity building grant.”

The focus of this grant is on creating awareness and supporting organisations so they are more diversity aware and disability confident when hiring or supporting employees.  Forrest Personnel has developed WorkABILTY Connect as a platform to provide education and training.  It also includes on the ground support.

“As a specialist recruitment agency, we help people with health conditions or disabilities to find and keep jobs.  The more support we can offer organisations and communities, the more opportunities can be created.” She said.

Forrest Personnel has 16 offices throughout regional WA, including an office in Narrogin.  We also provide outreach services to areas where there is little support around employment.  Forrest Personnel has been operating for over 30 years with the  vision ‘No Ability Wasted’.