Celebrating diversity in the workforce

Central Coast worker retires after 19-year career with McDonald’s

Brad Smith has been an outstanding role model for people working with a disability, having recently celebrated 11 years continuous employment at McDonald’s Gosford West, in addition to 8 years previous experience with McDonald’s in George Street, Sydney. Brad brought happiness and positivity to customers and crew alike during his shifts and will be greatly missed, finishing his final shift this week, on 25th February.

Brad’s chosen disability employment partner Job Centre Australia (JCAL), supported his employment with Subway for 5-years after relocating from Sydney to the Central Coast and subsequently reunited Brad with McDonald’s West Gosford. JCAL has supported Brad throughout his career journey to independence through employment support and now into retirement.

“This an important milestone for Brad and it’s wonderful to see him recognised and celebrated as a valued member of the McDonald’s team,” said JCAL’s on site work trainer, Amy Swan. “His time in the workforce has enabled his independence and Brad is now in a position to retire comfortably and confidently. I’ve enjoyed supporting Brad in his role and will miss seeing his smiling face.”

“I’ve loved my job and my trainers from Job Centre. Especially Amy and Ash”, said Brad. “The team and the customers always made me happy. It’s all been very special to me. I felt like I was going to cry at my final morning tea.”

Diversity in the workforce

Reinforcing the importance of this long-term collaborative partnership between Brad, JCAL and McDonald’s, JCAL’s CEO Deborrah Lambourne formally recognised “The importance of understanding Brad’s employment with McDonald’s and the significant impact it has had on his life, independence, confidence and wellbeing, which has enabled the transition to a comfortable retirement. Brad’s achievements reinforce the importance of our partnership with Brad and McDonald’s, by connecting inclusive businesses that support diversity in employment choices.

“Diversity in the workforce has grown in increasing importance for Australian businesses, as they recognise the organisational benefits an inclusive and diverse workforce brings to the workplace. We’re proud to partner with organisations like McDonald’s in realising these benefits, while demonstrating a commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility,” stated Deborrah.

Job Centre Australia’s 13-year partnership with McDonald’s has provided over 600 people with disability across the Central Coast, Lower Hunter, Central West and South West NSW, Riverina Murray, Gold Coast and Brisbane regions, with meaningful, long term employment and assisted McDonald’s achieving their commitment to a workforce that is reflective of the communities in which they operate.

“McDonald’s is a long-standing supporter of employment opportunities for people with disability and proud of its approach to diversity and inclusion. We respect the unique attributes and perspectives of our people, and we rely on these diverse perspectives to help us build and improve our relationships with each other, our customers and our business partners,” said Ron Mussali, McDonald’s Gosford West licensee. “Congratulations to Brad on his retirement, his positive presence will truly be missed at our restaurant.”

If you’re an employer looking to increase diversity and inclusion in your workforce, speak with your local JCAL team. Give them a call today, to see how they can help. 02 4322 5511 or email info@jcal.com.au