New initiative to assist disabled to find work

By Online News
  • Auckland

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner today launched EmployAbility, an employment programme to assist people with health conditions and disabilities into work in the Bay of Plenty.

Wagner says, “Work and Income will match clients with a health condition or disability to jobs that suit their particular skills. Once a person gets a job, we’ll offer ongoing support to them and their employer, to help ensure it’s successful for everyone.

EmployAbility is an extension of the successful Christchurch-based employment programme, Project 300, which saw 584 people get into work.

What we learnt from Project 300 is that engaging with and supporting both employers and employees helps to form a mutually beneficial relationship. It’s about matching the right person to the right job.”

Wagner says people with health conditions and disabilities just want the same opportunity to work that other people have.

She says, “Having a job is more than just earning a living. Working gives people confidence and independence. It helps them build a better future for them and their family. It connects them with the community.

EmployAbility helps employers build successful businesses, great teams and stronger communities.”

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