With 25% of Tasmanians identifying as having a disability, Clarence City Council is stepping up and providing employment opportunities for people with disability.
The Council has successfully recruited a trainee through the Ticket to Work program delivered by NDS Tasmania.
What is Ticket to Work?
Ticket to Work provides employers with competent young workers who undergo a school-based traineeship for approximately eight hours per week. The program matches students and employers for mutual benefit. Both the student and the employer are supported by a broad network of professionals with expertise in education, training, disability and employment.
Peter Leamey, Payroll and Employee Relations Coordinator for Clarence City Council, explained that the Ticket to Work program has provided a trainee who gets the job done well.
The Ticket to Work process is flexible to suit the requirements of the organisation. In the case of Clarence City Council, four young people undertook a one week work placement followed by an interview.
The young man hired under the Ticket to Work traineeship showed an interest in the job, followed instructions and worked well with the crew. The trainee’s role encompasses mowing, planting, garden maintenance, pruning and rubbish collection.
The Ticket to Work program provides ongoing support for the trainee and supervisor along with wage incentives for the employer. Robin Rhodes from WISE employment provided Clarence City Council with on the job support in the initial stages of the traineeship and is on hand for further assistance as required.
Mr. Leamey commends their new trainee explaining that he completes all the set tasks efficiently and safely.
Mr Leamey suggests a workplace trial may be appropriate for employers who wish to explore the opportunity of this program further.
It also may be helpful to offer an experienced worker the opportunity to mentor a new trainee. The mentor may need to spend extra time explaining instructions during the trainee’s initial stages of employment. However, spending more time with a new trainee initially, can result in a more knowledgeable, skillful and productive employee in the long term. Being a mentor can also be a rewarding experience for employees, leading to personal satisfaction from making a difference to the career development of another person.