Credit: man with disability on wheelchair is working with computer in office.
In a first for Australian job search platforms, JobGetter has launched an initiative aimed at helping those with a disability to get an even footing when it comes to employment. The site not only allows employers to badge job postings as disability-friendly, but indicate the office facilities on offer to candidates such as wheelchair access or sight prompts.
The move into the disability space comes following an idea generated through JobGetter’s work with the University of Technology Sydney and their Bachelor of Technology and Innovation students. The students question the unfairness of job boards who don’t flag postings suitable for disabled candidates.
“Sometimes it’s as simple as stating that there’s wheelchair access, but very few job ads do this, and there’s no way for job seekers to search for them”, says Alli Baker, Co-CEO of JobGetter. “We know job seekers are sick of going from site to site to look for work and JobGetter wants to be the inclusionary platform that caters for everyone”.
The addition of badging job postings as disability-friendly fulfills one of JobGetter’s self-imposed mandates, to be the job seeker’s advocate and positively impact employability outcomes by giving the power back to the job seeker. Its focus on inclusion extends to their community-based job platforms that are currently being rolled out in a large number of shopping centre groups in regional centres, where the demand for inclusivity and equality is high on the agenda.
The company consulted with organisations in the PWD sector in the development of this exciting addition to the platform and is looking to work with employers, educators and industry representatives who can assist in further developing functionality and improving employment rates for their clients.