Jobseekers with disabilities are set to get a recruiting boost after an announcement that the government is on the hunt for HR and recruitment specialists to better market the skills of people with a disability.
Employment Participation Minister Kate Ellis said the government was concerned there was a disconnect between what employers were looking for and how job agencies presented the idea of giving an unemployed Australian with a disability a chance to work. Hiring specialist HR managers is aimed at bridging the gap and making sure not only that employers are getting the right staff but also that jobseekers with a disability are gaining the work experience they need. “The project will see the implementation of targeted strategies and new approaches to marketing the employment of jobseekers with disability, through engagement with the expertise of those in the know – recruitment and human resources managers,” she said.
The new project will be run by Disability Employment Australia in partnership with the Australian Human Resources Institute, and will be funded by the $41m federal government Innovation Fund.
Ellis added that the initiative is aimed at giving employment service providers new tools, new support and new ways to assist people with a disability to find work. “By better marketing our jobseekers with disability to potential employers, we also hope to see greater interest and participation in disability employment programs by the business community more generally,” she added.
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