Promoting employment in disability sector

A SEMINAR and expo to promote employment in the disability sector was held at Northern Adelaide Special School recently.

The event, organised by Member for Light Tony Piccolo, in collaboration with the school, was aimed to expose local people to the employment opportunities that will exist following the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) this July.

The exhibition included over 35 exhibitors who assisted in opening “the community’s eyes and minds” to how they can commence employment in the sector, according to Mr Piccolo.

“Small businesses need to be made aware of these opportunities available to them,” he said.

“I am currently exploring some ideas with the Gawler Business Development Group and other business-related organisations in the north.

“We need to be ready for the roll-out of the NDIS, and that means ensuring we have enough qualified people working in the sector, and to encourage small businesses to be ready to provide a range of services.”

Over 200 students and adults attended the expo and seminar, with job opportunities being presented to senior school students who are living with disabilities.

“People living with disability have a lot to offer a prospective employer, and there are a number of programs to support them getting into an
appropriate workplace,” Mr Piccolo said.

“I believe we will have a fairer and more productive society if we can ensure that people living with disabilities are provided with opportunities to be employed for their abilities.

“I am currently working with the City of Playford and a number of disability services providers with the aim to establish a social enterprise, which will create job opportunities for people living with disability.”

Moving forward, Mr Piccolo said he expects the challenge will be to convert the awareness from these types of events into real disability sector jobs.

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Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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