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How to Become a ‘Disability Confident’ Employer

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In addition to running a successful company, most business owners strive to make a positive impact on their local communities. One way to do this is to hire employees who live with disabilities.

Take Settler’s Tavern in West Gosford, for example. As business picked back up earlier in the year, the tavern needed more workers. Owner Adrian Evans hired Jackson Sneade, who didn’t have a previous work record because of challenges associated with being on the autism spectrum.

After completing a Barista course and participating in a job trial, Sneade started working as a Kitchen Hand at Settler’s Tavern. Before long, he was a valued member of the team and began working with customers up front. It has been a win-win situation: Evans found a valuable employee, and Sneade now has a great job, which is expanding his skill stack.

But if you’ve never hired an employee with a disability, you might worry that you don’t have what it takes. We’re here to help you become a ‘disability confident’ employer, which opens up your pool of potential workers and allows you to contribute more to your local community.

How Our Process Works

Here at Asuria, we’ve developed a process that helps employers hire government-funded, job-ready candidates. Here’s how it works:

1. Make Contact with Asuria

The first step is to register your interest by speaking with an Asuria Employment Consultant. 

2. Meet with a Consultant

Next, your Asuria Employment Consultant will seek to understand your business and recruitment needs. You’ll talk with your consultant about your industry as a whole and your unique business. With a deeper understanding of your organisation, Asuria can match the best candidates to your employment needs.

3. We Identify and Recommend Suitable Candidates

Supplied with detailed information about your needs, we find and recommend motivated candidates to interview with your business. All along the way, we’re ready and able to help you with questions you might have about employing people with disabilities.

For example, you might wonder if you need to alter your interviewing strategies. We can work with you on making any accommodations in the hiring process.

4. Ongoing Support After the Hire

Our service doesn’t cease once you’ve hired your new employee. We’ll continue to support you and your new employee for up to 12 months, giving you both time to transition and make adjustments.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hiring People with Disabilities

Do you have questions about employing people with disabilities? You’re not alone. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common questions we hear from curious employers.

The government guidelines surrounding employment for people with disabilities seem confusing. How can I navigate it?

You have enough to worry about with running your business. That’s why we make it our business to stay on top of government programs and assistance for hiring people with disabilities.

Asuria makes it easy for you to navigate and access these programs without having to spend your precious time.

How much does it cost to work with Asuria?

We’ve removed the associated costs of a recruitment agency, so all you need to do is choose your preferred employee from our short-list of pre-qualified candidates.

What is ‘vacancy profiling’?

‘Vacancy profiling’ is a term we use to describe the process of creating a job seeker profile for your specific business. We do this by taking the time to meet with you and fully understand your current and future staffing needs.

What if my new employee needs additional training?

We have access to government funding to financially support you for on-the-job training or even apprenticeships for eligible new employees.

What if the new employee needs disability-specific tools or equipment?

In some cases, people can thrive if they just have access to specialised equipment or work-related tools. We can help provide workplace modifications, training, licensing and other support services. 

To take the first step in becoming a disability confident employer, reach out to us at Asuria. We’ll set up a time for you to meet with a consultant and assess your needs. Talk soon!

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