Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) has joined regional employers to offer people with a disability work placements across the organisation as part of a national pilot program.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said Council was pleased to be chosen as one of the country’s eight pilot sites to host the Australian Government’s AccessAbility program.
Mayor Antonio said Council fully supported offering work experience for people with a disability.
“I wrote to Council’s suppliers and providers to detail the week’s initiative and to encourage fellow employers to consider registering with a participating employment service to host a person with a disability,” Mayor Antonio said.
“As one of the largest employers in the region, Council relies on the talents and experience of people across the broad sweep of society to deliver services and programs for our residents.
“This program has benefits for both the participants and the employer by promoting the opportunities that exist for people of all abilities and showing how willing they are to use their talents.
“The pilot has highlighted the value of allowing people to contribute to the best of their ability, like any other employee.
“Everyone deserves the chance to use their individual skills to contribute to an organisation’s output. Having a job not only contributes to the overall economy, it also pays personal dividends by boosting a person’s self esteem and general wellbeing.”
AccessAbility Day is an Australian Government initiative which allows employers to connect with people with disability and see their potential in the workplace, while also providing an opportunity for people with disability to gain an insight into a workplace and types of employment.
This year, AccessAbility Day was piloted at Gosford, Bunbury, Hobart, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Woodridge and Browns Plains, Elizabeth and Toowoomba.
The initiative has been run in conjunction with the United Nation’s International Day of People with Disability, which was marked on December 3.