FEDERAL member for Page Kevin Hogan has urged all employers to back the campaign to find 50 jobs this month for people living with a disability.
“I am happy to be the Ambassador for this terrific project,” Mr Hogan said launching the drive. “Many of us have, or will have in the future, a family member or friend living with a disability, whether they were born with it or acquired it later in life.”
“It’s always important to look beyond the particular disability to the person’s ability and the many things they have to offer.”
The Disability Job Search project, which has the backing of the NSW Business Chamber, Tafe, and many of the region’s job placement agencies, was launched at Summerland House Farm.
The aim of this inaugural Disability Jobs Month is to find employment for 50 people living with a disability within four weeks.
“When it comes to employing people, I have always believed in looking at a candidate’s strengths and what they can offer an employer, rather than focusing on perceived weaknesses,” Mr Hogan said.
“I urge all employers to consider signing up to Disability Jobs Search to make a difference.”
NSW Business Chamber Northern Rivers Regional Manager John Murray said the business group was backing the campaign to help raise awareness about the employment needs of people with a disability.
“We are pleased to be part of this exciting disability jobs drive,” he said. “We will be getting the word out to businesses in the region about how important it is to consider disabled people when filing a vacancy.”
As well as the Chamber, the campaign has the backing of Lec Logo, CRS Australia, Chess, Tursa, Epic, Max Employment, Nortec, TAFE North Coast, House With No Steps and On Track Community Programs.