Employers across WA will this week be participating in WorkAbility Week, creating opportunities for employers and job seekers alike to experience the power of meaningful work.
WorkAbility Week is an annual event hosted by disability employment agency Forrest Personnel. It will introduce employers to the talented pool of job seekers living with an injury, illness or disability.
From Geraldton to Albany, employers such as Western Power, Foodbank and the Shire of Narrogin will be hosting job seekers from Forrest Personnel.
Forrest Personnel chair Iain Massey said this week would prove beneficial to both job seekers and employers.
“While job seekers get valuable work experience, employers get to welcome an enthusiastic job seeker into their workplace for the short term and see how they could add value in the long run,” Mr Massey said.
“Employers will be able to see first-hand that while these job seekers may have a barrier to employment, their skills and abilities make them valuable team members.”
Praise for WorkAbility Week
Minister for Disability Services Don Punch is also participating, welcoming a job seeker into his Bunbury electorate office for the week. He praised Forrest Personnel for the initiative, noting it was an opportunity for employers to tap a new pool of talent.
“Workability Week is great initiative, and I am really pleased my electorate office is participating in this year’s event,” he said.
“There is no doubt that there is an enormous amount of untapped creativity, capability and skill in our community. Workability Week is a chance to raise awareness and start to realise the potential of committed job seekers living with illness, injury or disability.
“My congratulations go to the team at Forrest Personnel for organising this event to give interested local businesses an opportunity to explore the benefits increased inclusion and diversity in their workplaces might bring.”
WorkAbility Week runs 10 to 17 October, however employers interested in actively building a diverse and inclusive workplace can contact Forrest Personnel and arrange work placements with a job seeker at any time.