Education to Employment Education to Employment

For employers & services

Introduction for Employers

Making full use of the talents and skills of graduates with disability is within the reach of all employers. There is an even better chance of finding the right graduate recruit for your workplace and getting a good return on your investment in graduate development when you open the doors to graduates with disability.

Some employers worry that hiring a person with disability means increased costs to the business and acquiring a staff member that will be 'the wrong fit' for the organisation and the job. But there has been enough experience in Australian workplaces to now be able to demonstrate that in fact employees with disability in general do not cost extra and often bring additional advantages to the business. There have also been huge leaps in technology, services and government programs available right now to maximise the potential of employees with disability.

Australian employers have come a long way and increasingly understand that workers with disability at all levels of the organisation have a great deal to offer and have the same legal rights to participate in the workplace as everybody else. More and more we see employers who have found simple and creative ways to make their workplace more accessible to people with disabilities and are reaping the business benefits.

This website gives facts, tips and advice on disability, being a disability confident employer, business benefits of employees with disability, your employer legal responsibilities when it comes to preventing disability discrimination; and how to get the best from the graduates with disability entering your workplace. Taking a look at this Package is a great start to a better graduate recruitment process for your workplace.

Introduction for Services

Getting good outcomes for finishing students and graduates with disability is a unique challenge for employment and career services. Both types of support services have essential expertise needed by graduates with disability and graduate employers. Some graduates with disability need to use both services and others only one of them. Both of these support options are critical to the overall success of graduates with disability.

But anecdotally, finishing students and graduates with disability often tell us that these types of services are missing something. In general, they say that disability-specific employment services have a great understanding of their disability but don't always understand their qualifications and the professional level of employment they are seeking. And that when they seek assistance from the career services at their tertiary education institution, they receive expert advice on graduate recruitment and career planning but without a real understanding of how their disability impacts on their future employment.

To employment and career services, graduates with disability present a unique challenge. For employment services, graduate recruitment involves an approach and processes that are not usual in other employment sectors and are often less familiar to employment service staff. For career services, students and graduates with disability present career planning and employment seeking needs that are different, sometimes hard to recognise and unfamiliar compared to those without disability.

There are changes that you could readily make that could make a real difference to graduate outcomes. To boost graduate with disability results across Australia, disability specific employment services and tertiary education career services must better recognise and meet the needs of graduates with disability and strengthen the linkages between their services.

Taking these advances will make a huge difference to graduates with disability and their employers. More graduates with disability will get and keep full and qualified employment in the field of their studies, reaping the many benefits of their tertiary education. And graduate employers will have more prospective graduates to choose from with the skills they need in industry.

Many practitioners have already started to make the shift. This web-based package is designed to support employment and career services to make practice improvements, build your knowledge of disability graduate employment and work closer together.