We are opening new pathways for people with disability to find employment.

While a first job or traineeship is an exciting rite of passage for many young people, sometimes the additional barriers faced by people with disability can make finding a job just out of reach. From the interview process to the physical environment, there are many areas where employers can make positive changes to help provide equal employment opportunities.

Offering new work experience placements and traineeships for young Western Australians with disability

Starting in March 2021, the programs will be available state-wide, offering 10 work experience placements and five school-based traineeships on a rolling basis to students and school leavers with disability.

“Under our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, and Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, we’ve committed to increasing our employment of people with disability to 5% by 2025 – so this is a really important step in working towards that,” Principal – Diversity and Inclusion Giacinta Smith explained.

“The placements on offer will be in a range of roles, all emphasising employability skills, including working under direction as part of a team and effective communication. Participants will also have access to apply for any Water Corporation roles advertised during their placement.”

A great start to working life

We want these programs to set up young people with disability for success, whether they go on to use the skills they develop here or elsewhere.

Two of our 33 recent vacation student intake identify as living with disability, and represent just a few of the Water Corporation employees with disability paving the way for our new programs.

Building a talent pool for the future

We’re engaging further with Disability Employment Services to build a talent pool, to ensure people living with disability are offered ongoing equal access to employment.

To ensure people living with disability can do their best in their application, we’ve made changes to the way we recruit. We’re encouraging support workers to attend interviews, and the recruitment team and selected managers will undergo disability confidence training over the next 12 months.

We’re also making physical changes to our worksites to enhance accessibility for both employees and customers.

Learn more about our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.