Our local Currumbin business Outdoor Furniture Online continues to grow and build their workforce.

Local disability employment provider Job Centre Australia (JCAL) and Outdoor Furniture Online continue to thrive during uncertain times. The partnership which spans several years has seen many people with a disability gain meaningful employment, supporting both companies vision of an inclusive workplace.

JCAL, partnered with Outdoor Furniture Online to assist with their ongoing recruitment and employment vision. Howard Battye (Owner) has been a long-term believer in providing meaningful employment opportunities to people with disabilities. It’s this culture and business strategy that has assisted his business to continue to thrive. Operating for over 20 years, he has hired several JCAL candidates to work in his factory, strongly believing that, ‘Everyone deserves an opportunity to prove themselves’. And prove themselves, they have. Being one of the few businesses hiring during COVID-19, Howard recently hired another JCAL candidate, Colin into a role as a furniture maker.

With a lengthy career in retail, Colin’s mental health required a career change and Outdoor Furniture Online had the perfect role. ‘At my age, I found it difficult to find work and my mental health was suffering. Since starting at Outdoor Furniture Online, I have found a reason to get out of bed. It’s important for me to feel like I have somewhere to be and I like having to fulfil a working responsibility,’ Colin says.

Throughout their ongoing partnership, JCAL have been committed to supporting Howard and the Outdoor Furniture Online team match the right candidate, to the businesses roles, achieving long term success for both the business and the candidate.

Over the years, Howard has placed trust in JCAL and their ability to provide sustainable recruitment. ‘Howard has given JCAL full insight into his business, educating and training us on his specific needs so we can successfully fill each of his role requirements’, stated Mark Kimmorley, JCAL Area Operations Manager.

JCAL have successfully worked alongside Outdoor Furniture Online to provide solid candidate matching, on the job support, assistance with adaptive technology and important Personal Protective Equipment. JCAL are dedicated to partnering with local businesses such as Outdoor Furniture Online who are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and commend Howard and the team, commented Mark.

If you are a supportive employer seeking to increase the diversity within your workplace, Job Centre Australia can help. Just like Outdoor Furniture Online, we will get to know your business, partnering with you to achieve your diversity, inclusion and recruitment goals. Call us now on 1800 466 046!