3rd December 2020
IDPwD – Skills for Long Term Careers
Today being International Day of People with Disability – Australia, Job Centre Australia recognises the career success of another one of our inspiring candidates, 27-year-old Josh from Newcastle.
Known for the best pizzas in town, local business Rosina’s Pizza Restaurant, are a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Partnering with local employment provider Job Centre Australia (JCAL), Rosina’s are helping to create life long careers for people with barriers.
Josh came to Job Centre Australia (JCAL) with a background in hospitality but found the high pressure environment of working back of house was not for him. Working initially with JCAL to overcome his barriers, Josh’s dislike for the hospitality industry soon became his passion when he found a role as a Trainee Supervisor with Rosina’s Pizza Restaurant. Studying toward a Cert IV in Leadership and Management, Josh is enjoying working front of house and is now looking forward to a bright career within the hospitality industry. Josh proudly says, “All of this would not be possible without the opportunities I have been given by both Rosina’s Pizza Restaurant and JCAL. I really enjoy working with Luigi (Proprietor) as he is very accommodating to my disability, is a great boss, is understanding and easy to talk to.”
Having worked with Rosina’s Pizza Restaurant for the past three years, JCAL have built a strong partnership with Proprietor Luigi. “It is employers such as Luigi who promote inclusive and diverse working environments that really provide opportunities for people with barriers to thrive. Luigi has employed four JCAL candidates over the years and each of them have excelled in the supportive environment that Rosina’s provides,” Anthony Workman, Operations Manager Lower Hunter. “Josh is progressing well in his traineeship having now been in his role for six months. The feedback from Luigi is that Josh is a really good reliable worker.”
Operating since 1990, JCAL is a nationally accredited specialist Disability Employment Partner and youth NDIS provider, located across the Hunter in Hamilton, Mayfield and Charlestown. JCAL partners with employers and businesses to recruit valuable team members into their workforce, recognising the significant value of individual and cultural diversity. By creating meaningful employment for people with disability, they elevate awareness, inclusion and the contribution of all people, to local communities and economies.
JCAL provide on the job training and support to candidates such as Josh to build lifelong careers in industries of choice. Anthony Workman, JCAL Operations Manager Lower Hunter comments “It is a privilege to partner with businesses such as Rosina’s Pizza Restaurant to fulfill their vision of an inclusive workforce and connect them with candidates seeking meaningful careers. Josh is a wonderful example of a driven, hardworking candidate who, with a little help, is now building the skills required for a life-long career. It’s great to partner with local businesses who realise the benefits of a diverse workforce whilst enjoying the reputation of a being socially responsible organisation. We look forward to a continued partnership with Rosina’s Pizza Restaurant and seeing Josh continue to grow within the industry.”